[Tweeters] Wahkiakum Co. Lesser Goldfinch, and a goal met at the end of the year

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Sun Dec 30 10:49:22 PST 2018

I think most birders count "heard-only" birds on their lists. I do. Especially when it comes to Sora, Common Poorwill & owls, when I am certain.

Matt Bartels does NOT. Think about this for a minute. His 200X39 birds were all SEEN! WOW !!

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Bartels" <mattxyz at earthlink.net>
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 6:42:22 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Wahkiakum Co. Lesser Goldfinch, and a goal met at the end of the year

Hi again -
Prior to the fun in Pacific Co., I was in Wahkiakum Co. The county first Lesser Goldfinch reported yesterday by Dalton Spencer was my goal. With a little looking and playback, it popped right up, just east of the intersection of Welcome Slough and Schoolhouse Rd.

That bird was a big ‘tick’ for me — it was #200 for Wahkiakum Co., and my last county to reach the 200 mark.

Ever since Tom Mansfield became the first person to reach the 200x39 mark in 2014, I’ve been plugging away, hoping to eventually reach the same mark. It took a long time, but I finally got there. It took 26 visits to Wahkiakum this year to get the last one over the hump.

Thanks to all the Tweeters & eBirders who have kept their eyes open and reports public around the state - especially in the toughest corners - the Dennys in the SE, Terry Little & Jon Isacoff & Donna Bragg in the NE, Russ Koppendrayer, Randy Hill, Bob Flores & Jim Danzenbaker down in the SW, and Ken & Laurie Knittle as well as Tom, everywhere.

Onwards to the next birds!

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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