Nesting 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.
Here is the tail end of a Cedar Waxwing sitting on a nest. This seems like an awfully large nest for such a small bird.
Several Cedar Waxwings were raiding nesting material from this Bushtit nest. I hope the Bushtits were done with it.
Cedar Waxwing with fruit
This Sparrow was carrying a mouthful of bugs, indicating that she had a nest of babies nearby.
Marsh Wrens were actively singing in several locations.
Great Blue Heron on Smith Lake
The warm sun brought the reptiles out in good numbers. Smith and Bybee is a stronghold for the threatened Western Painted Turtle.
Northwestern Garter Snakes were also enjoying the sun. Northwestern Garters are distinguished from Common Garters by their smaller head and gentler disposition.
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