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Showing posts with label Mallard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mallard. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ridgefield NWR, etc.

Oh, man, last weekend was brutal.  I woke up in the middle of the night Friday night with the worst food poisoning I've ever had and it lasted through Sunday afternoon.  Cramps, chills, fever, all that fun stuff.  It did not help that I would occasionally look at OBOL only to find I was missing out on Mountain Bluebirds and a Loggerhead Shrike.  Curses!

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...

Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs

It's impossible to dislike snipe. 


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

Hoodies look like giant nerds sometimes. 

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.

Secret cormorant society. 

Ah it was so nice to get outside after my terrible weekend!  Good times!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Recent stuff.

So much birding, so little proof.  I'm going to see what I can dig up from the last week for you, but really there just haven't been a lot of photo ops.  And just to make sure you are not disappointed, let me clarify that there are absolutely NO RUSTIC BUNTINGS in this post.  I was 30 minutes late to that party. 

Mallard fight, Lake Sammamish parking lot (WA)

Eurasian Collared-Dove and Lesser Blue Wood Jay



Western Bluebird, Larch Mountain

FOY Warbling Vireo, Columbia Slough bike path

                      Dead Barn Owl, hanging in tree, Shillapoo Wildlife Area

FOY Western Kingbird, Shillapoo Wildlife Area

White-crowned X Golden-crowned Sparrow, Shillapoo Wildlife Area


Curious cows, Vancouver Lowlands (and yes, Jake made out with one or two of them)

Red-breasted Sapsucker, Mount Tabor

Wilson's Snipe, Airport Way

Robin and worm

That's pretty much it from recent outings.  I'm up to 106 for my motorless list and hope to add more next week once it stops raining so much.  Good times!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

The rest of Cape Cod.

There's more to Cape Cod than the beaches.  Wandering around my parents' house and neighborhood can produce awesome birds just as easily.  Here are some of the goodies I found close to their home...


Ok, that one's not real, but it was amazingly carved by my dad!  And now for outside birds...

Mallards on ice

 Worst photo of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ever

Turkeys!

 White-throated Sparrow


 Northern Cardinal


Pine Warbler & goldfinches (through window screen)

It turns out that some life birds are so good that you get to lifer with them twice.  In this case, I found my second lifer Winter Wren in the neighborhood...


Another highlight of my visit was a Baltimore Oriole that has spent the winter at my parents' house.  She seemed to always be around somewhere- pulling up grubs in the backyard, relaxing on the feeder, perching on branches in the front yard.  Pretty cool.


And lastly, some non-birds swimming around and chomping fish in the nearby lake: river otters!


I am quite lucky to have parents that are willing to take me birding when I'm visiting, and I think we all had a lot of fun on this trip.  Good times!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Three for three.

It's been a brutal week here in the northwest.  The rain has been relentless, except of course when it's been snowing.  But that's not quite enough to keep me indoors.  Especially when I got tapped Tuesday morning for a top secret owl hunt with Rhett the owl whisperer!

It was completely dry at my house so I was surprised on my drive to Reed Canyon to find snow and more snow.  I had never been to the canyon (which is in SE Portland on the Reed College campus) but now I will be disappointed to go back and not find it like this... a winter wonderland:


The owl we were hunting was unfortunately not where it was supposed to be.  But who cares?  It was a beautiful snowy morning and there were other birds to be had!  Like this most random lone female Barrow's Goldeneye in one of the ponds...


Some more snowy birds...


The best bird for me that morning was a Hutton's Vireo mixing with a flock of Bushtits and chickadees...


So this owl was the second owl I failed to find this week, starting with the Murder Barn Owl on Sunday.  I did not quit there, I went for a trifecta yesterday with a recently reported Barred Owl at Mount Tabor Park.  Adrian Hinkle was kind enough to share directions to where it had been roosting in view of one of the trails and I set out in the rain to find it.

But I didn't.  I found a Red-breasted Sapsucker...


And some Cedar Waxwings and robins feasting on hawthorn berries...


Owls shmowls. 

Oh well, this is the "worst" part of the year here.  It never really gets light out and the rain can make you feel a bit crazy... But when the holidays end things get better.   If the world doesn't end of course.  Good times!!