This is my 13th year in a row participating in Birthdathon. Thanks to hundreds of donations, I've fund raised over $15,000 over those thirteen years.
My first Birdathon was in the Portland area, starting at our favorite hotspot - Mt. Tabor Park. The following year, 2006, we went from Portland to the coast and made it to 100 species in one day. Slowly we refined our route, some years hitting 150 or 160 in a day, but more importantly, making great memories and supporting Portland Audubon.
Some of those memories include birding Mt. Tabor on a "fallout" morning, where bad weather forced hundreds of Townsend's Warblers and Western Tanagers to crowd the trees throughout the park. The rain pelted us and fogged out binoculars, but every shrub crawled with migrant warblers. Another was being at Bayocean Spit while thousands of shorebirds massed on the mudflats, as we tallied over a dozen species new for the day. Of course, the friends you make on Birdathon is another great memory.
I hope this year will be every bit as successful as the last. Thanks so much for the support.