I walked through Smith and Bybee Wetlands after an unsuccessful gull chase in northwest Portland. Here are a few highlights.
A pair of River Otters were in the slough. It is always a treat to see this species.
There were actually a few birds around. I ran into several mixed flocks of small birds that defy point-and-shoot photography.
The same bird, showing just a peek of his namesake ruby crown.
The slough had a few waterfowl, all keeping a safe distance from the otters. Here is an American Wigeon.
Raptors were well represented by Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawk, and Red-shouldered Hawk, none of which wished to be photographed. Despite the rainy conditions, it was a productive trip.
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Here are a few photos from recent ramblings.
After delivering some books to Tualatin River NWR, I took a quick walk on the path that leads through some newly planted oaks and along the river. This male American Kestrel had just captured a shrew.
These Western Canada Geese (and the Common Merganser on the log in the foreground) were napping at the Sandy River Delta.
The Beavers are really enjoying the young trees at Sandy River Delta.
This old American Robin nest was tucked into a crevice of a tree.
Pileated Woodpeckers are fairly easy to find at Sandy River Delta. This one was perfectly hidden behind a branch.
Peregrine Falcon, Sandy River Delta
This Hermit Thrush was chasing another outside my bedroom window early in the morning.
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Yaquina Bay, at the town of Newport, is one of the more productive sites on the Oregon coast. On this visit, high winds reduced the number of birds that were out and about, but there was still a lot to see.
Common Loon with the catch of the day
Horned Grebe (above) and Western Grebe
The flats behind the Hatfield Marine Science Center. There were lots of Mew Gulls, some Brant, and Northern Pintails. Note the Peregrine Falcon at the base of the fallen tree.
Large numbers of California Sea Lions loaf on the jetties and docks on the bay.
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Home improvement projects are keeping me inside lately, so here are a few images from dog walks and the bird feeder.
Double-crested Cormorants on the Columbia River
former sturgeon, Columbia River
I only see Purple Finches once or twice a year at my feeder.
young Douglas’s Squirrel in the shadows, Tualatin Hills Nature Park
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Smith Lake, the larger body of water at Smith and Bybee Wetlands in NW Portland, currently has a lot of mudflat habitat, attracting good numbers of shorebirds and gulls.
Greater Yellowlegs at sunrise
Long-billed Dowitchers and Pectoral Sandpipers
While the shorebirds and gulls kept their distance on the mudflats, thus no good photos, American Pipits were working the shoreline at close range.
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Here are a few birds I saw on a recent trip to Boulder, CO. There was nothing unusual, but there is always something to see.
This young Cooper’s Hawk was amazingly tame.
American White Pelicans
White-breasted Nuthatch. Despite the proximity to the Rocky Mountains, this individual appears to be of the eastern race (Carolina Nuthatch).
I heard a lot of Blue Jays, but this is the only individual that I got a look at.
Rabbits are everywhere around Boulder. I think this is an Eastern Cottontail.
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