Wednesday, January 2, 2008

First birds of 2008

Here is a list of what we saw yesterday. The birds with an asterisk are ones that we saw on our hike up at Council Crest. The hike was put together by the Sierra Club and there were 34 hikers. The hike was from Washington Park back to downtown Portland on back trails. It wasn't a bird hike and we appeared to be the only acting birders in the group. The pace was pretty fast so there wasn't much time to look for birds but we still saw a few and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

Jan, 1 2008

Dark-Eyed Juncos

Pine Siskins

American Goldfinches

Lesser Goldfinches

Norther Flickers (both in the backyard and on the hike)

Anna's Hummingbird

American Robins

House Finches

Purple Finches

Black-Capped Chickadee

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee


Spotted Towhee

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Steller's Jay

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow

House Sparrow

European Starlings

American Crows

Common Ravens

Varied Thrush*

Golden-Crowned Kinglet*

26 species to start the new year out with. Not too bad of a start. We also heard Cedar Waxwings in the trees above us on our hike but failed to actually see one. I think that we are also participating in the CBC on Jan. 5th in the Forest Park area. They still need people in that area. So that should definitely add some more to our list of 2008.

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