Monday, March 2, 2009


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.


NW Nature Nut said...

Max: No, I didnt' see the GH Owl! I thought about asking you to share where it was, but didn't get around to it. I looked in the stand of doug fir to the east of the library thinking it might be there. Would you be able to e-mail me through my "profile" and tell me where to look. I'd like to go back and check it out. Thanks!

North West Birds said...

You did have a pretty impressive count!

Kathiesbirds said...

Well, you came out way ahead of me. I ended up with only 17 species. I hope once I finish landscaping more birds will be attracted to my yard.