Jackson Bottom, 11 July 2013

savannahI walked around Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro this morning. As you would expect at this time of year, there were lots of young birds around.  This young Savannah Sparrow posed nicely. His parents have not taught him to skulk in the weeds yet.

blue-winged and cinnamon tealThe best bird of the day was this male Blue-winged Teal (right foreground), always hard to find in the Willamette Valley. He flew in with a small flock of Cinnamon Teal.
blue-winged teal

mallard familyFamilies of young Mallards were everywhere.

canada goose familyThese Canada Geese are mostly grown, but retain a bit of their cute fuzziness.

spotty left 1I was surprised by the lack of migrant shorebirds. The resident Spotted Sandpipers were well represented.

nutriaLots of Nutria were out this morning. Yes, introduced species often wreak havoc on native ecosystems, AND, Nutria look like adorable little bears.

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