Home improvement projects are keeping me inside lately, so here are a few images from dog walks and the bird feeder.
Posts Tagged ‘California Gull’
Broughton Beach is the stretch of shoreline along the Columbia River, just north of the Portland airport. It has been a popular spot to access the river to scan for waterfowl in winter, and the shore attracts some neat birds, like Horned Larks, American Pipits, and the occasional Short-eared Owl. There used to be free parking there, but that was eliminated when the adjacent public boat launch was expanded to include a nice new car parking lot (with a fee station).
The gull flock was resting after being harassed by this guy. This Peregrine Falcon spent several minutes flying through the flock, taking half-hearted swipes at various gulls. Perhaps he was testing for any individuals that were injured or particularly slow.
The weather is cooling and rain is in the forecast, as our long dry summer is finally letting go.
Posted in mammals, OR Birding Sites, rarities, seasonal movements, tagged Black Turnstone, Brown Pelican, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Elk, Heerman's Gull, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Seaside Cove, Western Gull, whimbrel on July 30, 2012 | 2 Comments »
I made two trips to the northern Oregon Coast for my recent shorebird class. The “autumn” migration is well underway.
The Seaside Cove has a nice gathering of gulls. This California Gull is undergoing a rather extensive molt, I believe from second cycle to third. The severity of feather loss has actually created some interesting patterns.
At high tide, the Hammond Boat Basin has been hosting large flocks of Marbled Godwits and Whimbrels (and an unidentified dowitcher species in the middle of this image). Similar roosts in Washington attract rare migrants every year. I hope the same is true for the Oregon side of the river.
Here are a few more images from a recent trip to the coast.
Posted in OR Birding Sites, tagged Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Brown Pelican, California Gull, Heerman's Gull, Ochre Sea Star, Tillamook Bay, Western Gull on September 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
I took my Portland Audubon class to Tillamook Bay (Birding Oregon p. 125). We found strong winds, high tides, and rough seas, but the weather was warm and mostly sunny. This photo was taken on the bayside of Bayocean Spit. The water was high enough to cover the mudflats, so we didn’t find any shorebirds, but we did find good numbers of gulls loafing in the shallow water.
Posted in OR Birding Sites, rarities, seasonal movements, tagged Black Turnstone, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Heerman's Gull, Least Sandpiper, Necanicum Estuary, Seaside Cove, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Gull on August 4, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
I spent the day birding sites around Seaside, OR (Birding Oregon p. 121).