Early May is always a good time for seeing returning migrants and other signs of spring. Despite our cool damp weather, spring continues to slowly make inroads. Here are some random images from the past week.
May is warbler month across most of North America. This Wilson’s Warbler was feeding just outside our living room window.
Two River Otters were swimming in the wastewater ponds at Cannon Beach.
This otter had a pink nose, perhaps from an injury.
This male Rufous Hummingbird was flashing his colors at Stanley Lake in Seaside.
Surf Scoters at Fort Stevens
Black-headed Grosbeaks returned this week. After a winter of little finches, these birds make a bold impression when they appear at the feeder.
Like most birds, this grosbeak brings his leg up over his wing to scratch his head. I would think it would be easier to go under, but it seems to be working for him.
This Raccoon was soaking up a bit of sun at the Sandy River Delta.
This large aquatic mammal was also seen at the Sandy River Delta engaging in an activity known as “fetching.” Scientists still have not determined the purpose of this obsessive behavior.