The Great Bird Count of February has ended and I tallied 23 species seen and heard from the apartment. Not bad, considering I was gone for a week of vacation.
My favorite bird was also the last addition: a western gull, like the one above, spotted on a snowy morning.
The most frequently seen birds were probably the mourning doves that spend their days on our deck.
Now that the bird count is over, I will start a list of birds nesting in the neighborhood so I, and anyone else interested, can keep tabs on the Orenco-area nesting community.
Our local hummingbird nest remains active despite snow, freezing temperatures, and heavy rains.
Today I watched the female leave her nest and fly across the street and a busy construction site to reach a feeder on someone's porch. She may have nestlings by now, but they would be too small to observe for a while.