Yesterday, I snowshoed the Edison Shelter loop from the Edison Sno-Park in the Deschutes National Forest. This was a scouting trip for an upcoming snowshoeing class through the Central Oregon Community College's Continuing Learning program. Beautiful and brilliant day with enough snow pack to cover the lava tubes and rocky outcrops along the trail. In addition to the snowshoeing, I searched for some woodland species to keep this County Big Year alive.
The score for the morning outing was a northern pygmy owl calling from a grove of trees, but didn't show itself. The single spaced notes were very clear on the calm morning. My other species for the walk was a hairy woodpecker that flew in to the Edison Shelter and started hammering away on one of the porch posts.
So four new birds with one outing - now if they all will be so productive.
County Year total: 51 species.