I decided to give the two Long-billed Curlews found by Barb Combs the day before on the Brownsville CBC a search. It’s a rare bird any time of year in the Willamette Valley, but there are exceedingly few winter records. I finally found them after searching their field about a mile SE of the town of Halsey three times, each time going away to look for other birds.
Bald Eagles were ridiculously common in the area.
Here’s my poor record shot of a very dark first-winter “Harlan’s’” Red-tailed Hawk, an uncommon subspecies this far south.
Finally a bit of fun with a flock of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plover. I only estimated the former at about 4000, while I counted 44 of the latter.