Saturday December 14th dawned cold and gray, yet 44 hardy birders set out for the 46th annual Christmas Bird Count. The 12 teams set out to canvas the Walla Walla area to find as many species as possible, and wow, some great birds were found!
Sightings included four Pileated woodpeckers, 55 Yellow Rumped Warblers (both record numbers for the count). Another great find was Bohemian waxwings, which was a year bird for the county. Other relatively rare Christmas count finds were Purple Finch (for only the second time ever), Pine Grosbeak, Eastern Blue Jay, and Cackling Geese. All in all, 76 species were discovered.
Afterwards, birders met at Fort Walla Walla for a wrap up of the count and a wonderful potluck dinner, where we were treated to several homemade soups, bread, salads, and desserts. Many thanks to all the sharp eyed birders who participated, and of course to MerryLynn and Mike Denny for organizing this fun annual event.
Pygmy Owl Photo by Jim Parrish
Winter/Pacific Wren Photo by Jim Parrish
Goshawk Photo by Sue Parrish
- Birding Oregon Web Site
- 2019 Christmas Bird Count Results-submitted by MaryLynn Denny