Pittock Mansion 4-21-11

The grounds around Pittock Mansion in northwest Portland are a favorite spot for spring migrants. Most people visit this park to tour the ostentatious limestone house, but birders prefer the brushy hillsides and the woods around the parking lot.

Since we are still locked into a cold, damp weather pattern, most of the spring migrants have not yet arrived, but good numbers of winter residents were flocking and ready to move out.

Fox Sparrow

Pine Siskin

Several species of thrush were common today. Here is a blurry Hermit Thrush.

an equally blurry male Varied Thrush

female Varied Thrush

American Robin

Varied Thrush and American Robin feeding together

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

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