Tag Archives: Barn Swallow

Fernhill Wetlands

With the ongoing renovations taking place at Fernhill Wetlands, each visit throughout the year is a new experience. Most of the breeding species have done their thing, and the resident waterfowl have molted into ugly duck season. Water levels are … Continue reading

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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

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Pacific City

I led the Three Capes Tour for the Birding and Blues Festival last weekend. Spring migration had not quite kicked into high gear, but there were some nice birds around. This is one of two Black-bellied Plovers we saw on … Continue reading

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Washington County Wetlands

There are big changes underway at Fernhill Wetlands. The main lake has been drained, and the two impoundments to the south are completely gone. This is all to make way for large emergent wetlands that will replace the ponds. This … Continue reading

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Sauvie Island 30 May 2013

This pair of Ospreys is nesting on a piling along Sauvie Island Road. The elevation of the road provides an eye-level view of the nest. Note the piece of blue plastic. The female is sitting on eggs, so she remained … Continue reading

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Swallow Nests

Barn Swallows (pictured here) and Cliff Swallows build nests almost entirely out of mud. Historically, these structures were built on cliffs or near the mouth of caves, but are now most often found on man-made structures. The disadvantage of building … Continue reading

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Sauvie Island

Migration has wound down by now, and the summer breeders are out in force. Here are a few birds I found on Sauvie Island this morning. Savannah Sparrows can be heard at the edges of all the pastures. Rufous Hummingbird … Continue reading

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