Date: 12/30/17 10:33 pm From: Randy Hill <re_hill...> Subject: [Tweeters] Clark County WA CBCs
I joined Christmas Bird Counts on the Washington side of the Columbia River yesterday and today. Friday's count on Bachelor Island of Ridgefield NWR paired with Sauvie Island on the Oregon side. Nothing special was found in rainy and afternoon breezy conditions with poor access to the Columbia River due to mucky roads. Two Rough-legged Hawks appeared where they are pretty much expected every year. Few finches and no redpolls found as across the river. Today a very narrow strip of the Vancouver waterfront that is part of the Portland CBC didn't get the multitude of rarer species found right across the Columbia River channel at Columbia Point, although we did find a Red-breasted Merganser flying under the I-5 bridge, and eventually saw it on the water within a quarter mile downstream. Better numbers of goldfinches at feeders and birches upstream near McMenamins, but still no redpolls.