What a difference a day makes! The 92nd Portland CBC was held today under
very pleasant skies. Over 240 field observers found 129 species--11 more
than last year, and yet more may emerge as Feeder Watcher reports get
sorted through. Thank you, thank you to the Area Leaders: Colby Neuman, Dan
Strong, Lynn Herring, Lori Hennings, and Joe Liebezeit. They did a
tremendous job organizing this year's robust volunteer corps, and the
effort paid off with some great birds.
The day's “best” bird was a Virginia's Warbler, a new species for the CBC.
Casey Cunningham earned the coveted Eagle Eye award, for spotting this bird
back in November, keeping it fed and watered all this time, and welcoming
so many happy birders to view it. Thank you, Casey!
Other excellent birds included Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Gray Jay, Clark's
Grebe, Burrowing Owl and Black Scoter. Surprising misses included Eurasian
Wigeon, a bird the count has dipped on for three years running. Wink and I
will be sorting through the mountain of Feeder Watcher reports over the
next couple of weeks, so it's possible something else will arise in the
upcoming number-crunching phase. I'll keep you posted.