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!!
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
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!!!
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...
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!!
Yep, it must be spring. Our weather is all over the place and yesterday evening we even had a thunderstorm, something that many of us transplants dearly miss in the northwest. They are so rare here that I didn't even realize what was happening during the first rumble (and went flying off the couch thinking a plane was about to crash on my roof). Birding has been interesting- from cold and wet to hot and sunny. Here's some recent stuff...
From Kelley Point Park on Thursday morning...
Another young robin
I don't know what this next plant is called but I love it...
From Force Lake also Thursday morning...
From Oaks Bottom yesterday afternoon...
Barn Swallow The cotton in the sky was kind of hypnotizing...
Check out this enormous turtle:
I swear it's the biggest one I've ever seen in Portland. I didn't have too much luck with birds at Oaks Bottom but it's a really nice place to wander around... Always good for a heron:
And I wouldn't be Flycatcher Jen if I didn't scrounge up at least one mystery bird... who unfortunately turned his head the second I got focused on him (and then flew away).
Eh? The meadow at the end of the trail had tons of western box elder bugs, many of which liked landing on my arms.
And that's about it for the last few days... Hope to get out somewhere more exciting this weekend. Good times!!