Smith and Bybee Wetlands

cliff swallow 1Nesting season is in full swing at Smith and Bybee Wetlands in northwest Portland. There is a small colony of Cliff Swallows nesting under the highway overpass.

waxwing nestHere is the tail end of a Cedar Waxwing sitting on a nest. This seems like an awfully large nest for such a small bird.

waxwing raiding nestSeveral Cedar Waxwings were raiding nesting material from this Bushtit nest. I hope the Bushtits were done with it.

waxwing with fruitCedar Waxwing with fruit

song sparrow 2This Sparrow was carrying a mouthful of bugs, indicating that she had a nest of babies nearby.

marsh wren 1Marsh Wrens were actively singing in several locations.
marsh wren 3

cowbirdBrown-headed Cowbird

gb heronGreat Blue Heron on Smith Lake

turtlesThe warm sun brought the reptiles out in good numbers. Smith and Bybee is a stronghold for the threatened Western Painted Turtle.

garter 3Northwestern Garter Snakes were also enjoying the sun. Northwestern Garters are distinguished from Common Garters by their smaller head and gentler disposition.
garter 1

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2 Responses to Smith and Bybee Wetlands

  1. eileen says:

    John, I’m glad I subscribed to your newsletter . . . this is terrific and you are obviously a very talented photographer. I dabble myself but have not the lens power to do so well. The waxwing you caught raiding the bushtit nest is great. No surprise re that behavior—I live on Summer Creek wetlands and observe . . . well . . . very human-like protective behavior among our waterfowl. Heck, some even eat each other. Still love ’em.

    Thanks for your nice work, Eileen

  2. Laura W. says:

    Nice shots! Nesting season is fun. Mmmm, bugs.

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