Monday morning I woke up to rain but I just had to get out of the house. I figured a drive around the auto tour at Ridgefield would keep me dry and ease me back into life.
The rain stopped completely soon after I arrived. A nice surprise.
I noted a couple of the young white-tailed deer with fresh and ridiculous ear tags...
It's hard to like these deer knowing they are the reason you don't see coyotes at Ridgefield anymore.
Yellowlegs have arrived are busy slurping wormies and things...
There was even a Lesser Yellowlegs in the mix...
So I noticed this beaver lodge while I was driving around, took two quick photos, and forgot about it. When I got home I was like oh man, I should have looked to see if there was a beaver nearby. Then I zoomed in and there's a damn beaver right in the dead center of the thing.
Oh well. Only my second photo of a beaver ever, the first one being at Ridgefield five years ago as can be seen here.
Tundra Swans will be leaving soon, so try to enjoy their awkward water landings while you can.
Back at home yesterday afternoon I was working on weeds between rain squalls when I got word from Christian that the Loggerhead Shrike was still around. I thought for sure it was already gone, so I was psyched and headed out to Troutdale. The shrike was fairly easy to locate as it flycatched from various fences.
We walked out to the Columbia to see if anything was going on there. Lots of Violet-green Swallows flying about.
I had never before noticed cormorants roosting on those big red and white towers.
Ah it was so nice to get outside after my terrible weekend! Good times!!