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Tag Archives: Canada Goose
Nala and I spent several hours hiking (and swimming) at the Sandy River Delta. Local nesters, like this Common Yellowthroat, were busy gather food for nestlings. Male Lazuli Buntings were very vocal, and seemed to be vying for the attention … Continue reading
The weather has entered its dark and dreary pattern, typical for Portland in late autumn. This makes for dark grainy photos, but here are a few shots from Crystal Springs in southeast Portland. Steller’s Jay, looking all artsy among the … Continue reading
I took a brief walk around Fernhill Wetlands (Birding Oregon p. 61) while meeting with a reporter today. The weather was rather dreary, but, as always, there were some birds around. Eared Grebe is an unusual visitor to the main … Continue reading
I took my Portland Audubon waterfowl class to Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge (Birding Oregon p. 86). The weather was glorious and the birds were abundant. Many of the fields on the refuge hosted large flocks of geese, mostly the minima … Continue reading
As I continue my study of the white-cheeked goose complex, I often return to the problem of separating Taverner’s Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii taverneri) and Lesser Canada Goose (Branta canadensis parvipes). Some sources argue that we shouldn’t be attempting to … Continue reading
I spent a gorgeous day at Sauvie Island, northwest of Portland. There are still good numbers of waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes, but the sparrows have started to thin out. Sandhill Cranes (and Mallards) Dusky Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes (and Mallards) … Continue reading