Today was held the 93rd annual Portland CBC, our contribution to the longest-running community science <http://debspark.audubon.org/news/why-were-changing-citizen-science-community-science> project in North America. Over 240 field observers traversed the count circle under changeable but (seasonally) pleasant skies. and found 119 species; more may emerge as our sizable collection of Feeder Watcher reports get sorted through in the coming days. As ever, enormous thanks to the Area Leaders: Colby Neuman, Dan Strong, Lynn Herring, Carol Murdock, and Joe Liebezeit, who organized this year's prodigious volunteer corps and crunched the resulting data into a usable tally for processing. It's a huge task, and they get much credit for pulling off another great count.
Casey Cunningham wins the count's coveted "eagle eye" award for the second year running, for relocating the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher he first reported back in November. Congratulations, Casey!
Tundra Swan was an unexpected miss, but we did finally picked up Eurasian Wigeon after dipping three years in a row. Other excellent birds included the continuing Eastern Bluebird, plus Palm Warbler, Sora, Swamp Sparrow and Ring-necked Pheasant.
Thanks again to all the intrepid field teams and feeder watchers! Happy New Year and Good Birding in 2019.