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

Rick Taylor taylorrl at outlook.com
Sun Dec 30 14:07:21 PST 2018

Congratulations Matt! Hitting 200 in every county is incredibly difficult. It requires a lot of dedication and untold hours of driving.

Bird on!


Rick Taylor
Everett, WA

-----Original Message-----
From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Matt Bartels
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 6:42 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
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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