Category Archives: behavior

Random Images

Here are some random birds from recent weeks. This Great Blue Heron was wading deep at Commonwealth Lake. The white face and yellow eye really popped, giving her a creepy look. A Black-capped Chickadee was excavating a cavity in a … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, nesting | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Force Lake

Force Lake, a small lake at the edge of a golf course in north Portland, is not a terribly attractive site, but it can be quite birdy at times. On this visit, a large flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows was feeding … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, OR Birding Sites | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Into the Woods

We left Portland for ten days to escape the fireworks which terrify our dogs. We stayed on a farm in the Coast Range in Benton County. The birds where we stayed were typical Coast Range birds which stayed high in … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, mammals, OR Birding Sites, reptiles & amphibians, seasonal movements | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jackson Bottom

Spring migration hasn’t really revved up yet, but a recent warm sunny day drew me out to Jackson Bottom Wetlands. I was as interested in herping as I was birding, and some cooperative herps easily filled the void created by … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, OR Birding Sites, reptiles & amphibians | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Virginia Rail

As many people are jumping on the “bird local” bandwagon, little Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton has been getting a lot of birding attention and producing an increasing array of interesting species. One of the stars of this winter is … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, conservation issues, OR Birding Sites | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Tualatin River NWR

I visited Tualatin River NWR last week. The weather has been very hot and dry, so I started early in the morning. There was a surprisingly large diversity of species for mid-summer. I ended the trip with 55 species. I … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, identification challenges, OR Birding Sites | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Shorebirds on the rocks

A recent trip to the coast on a sunny and windy day resulted in these images of shorebirds using rocky habitats. Two of these species are usually found on rocks, but the other two are not. I wonder if the … Continue reading

Posted in behavior | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Random Images

Life and inclement weather have conspired against me of late, so my outings have been far too few. But here are some photos from recent weeks. A trip to Broughton Beach provided nice looks at a small flock of Horned … Continue reading

Posted in behavior | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fernhill Wetlands and Jackson Bottom

I made a quick trek around Washington County’s two prominent wetlands. There was nothing unusual to report, but there is plenty of bird activity at these sites this time of year. Green Heron, lurking Great Blue Heron, not lurking Juvenile … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, nesting, OR Birding Sites | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Commonwealth Lake

I brief walk around Commonwealth Lake in Beaverton revealed lots of recently fledged Barn Swallows. They were perching on branches above the water, waiting for their parents to fly in with food. still waiting note the bulging crop on the … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, nesting, OR Birding Sites, reptiles & amphibians | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment