The eagle has landed: Just reached 100 species for each OR county!

After an over 3-year long period of trips to Oregon’s “dustier corners”, I finally finished with Malheur Co on 06/17/2012. Ironside Mountain in Malheur’s very NW corner was a life safer. Some of the counties in Eastern OR are so far away that it is really a stretch to work them if you just have a weekend. The best approach might well be to do a Big Day. Another problem is that there really is only one spring every year.

Sometimes you ask yourself: Why am I doing this? It is worth spending that much money on gas? Why do I exhaust myself every weekend? But then, you have a mission, a master plan. Moreover, it’s a unique way of seeing your state and visiting all those remote and odd spots you would never see otherwise.

County birding out west seems to be just right, compared to the east. Did you know that TX has 254 counties and Georgia 159? Good luck with that …

It is humbling to realize the effort that folks like our own Paul Sullivan or the crazed CA birders around John Luther and co (see http://www.cal.net/~ani/county_birders.htm) have put in throughout the last few decades. County birding really is a life-long project.

My personal highlights during this project was discovering the beauty of Wheeler Co, finding out about the few, but productive areas of woods in extreme SE Gilliam Co and an amazing day with Chuck Gates in Crook Co that lead to a totally unplanned Big Day record. Other places (and counties) I would rather not return to …

Anyway, it was fun … I shall rest now. Onto the 125 soon.

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