Monday, May 13, 2013

Birdathon 2013


 

On Saturday, Sarah and I led our seventh Birdathon fundraising trip for the Audubon Society of Portland. Our route took us from Hillsboro to Cannon Beach to Tillamook Bay and back.

One of our best stops was at the Nehalem Bay Sewage ponds, which always turns up good birds. We found an interesting flock of geese that had been reported earlier in the week. The flock contained many Greater White Fronted Geese, a few Cackling Geese, one Ross's Goose, and seven Snow Geese.

It doesn't get much better than this during the month of May!

We also found a flock of American Pipits mingling with Western and Least Sandpipers on the rocks surrounding the ponds.

Another great spot was Bayocean Spit on Tillamook Bay. Here we found an American Avocet and four Red Knots. The Red Knots were life birds for most of the participants, so the trip ended on a very high note.

Thanks to perfect weather and very sharp birders, we ended the day with 121 species, a new record for our group. I'm not sure how we'll top that next year.

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