Earlier today, Sarah and I co-lead a group in the North Portland section of the Portland Christmas Bird Count. We searched for birds at Smith and Bybee Lakes (above), St. John's Prairie (formerly St. John's Landfill), and the Pier Park neighborhood (below).
Our group size fluctuated between four and seven and we found 70 species of birds. Among our interesting finds were:
A tree full of Lesser Goldfinches
A fox squirrel recently deceased (or sleeping).
A Sharp-shinned Hawk perched near the fox squirrel. Coincidence?
And a showdown between an immature Cooper's Hawk and another fox squirrel. We think the squirrel won.
Now that our last event of the holiday season is complete, we can take down our lights and resume our normal routines.