Tag Archives: Eurasian Collared-Dove

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

For the second week in a row, I chased a vagrant to add to my life and Oregon lists. A Lawrence’s Goldfinch turned up in a back yard in Sherwood. Since this species is hard enough to find in its … Continue reading

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More Wetlands

Wetlands in the Willamette Valley are very birdy in winter, so those areas tend to get most of the birding efforts this time of year. Of course, given the amount of rain we have had the past few weeks, it … Continue reading

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Pacific City

I led a couple of tours for the Birding and Blues Festival last weekend. The weather was dry and reasonably warm, despite rather vicious afternoon winds on the beach. North winds brought good numbers of migrating shorebirds close to land. … 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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Fernhill Wetlands

Fernhill Wetlands, south of Forest Grove, is a great place to see the onset of autumn. Water levels on the main lake are still very low, but the recent rains will soon change that. Migrant shorebirds, like these Western Sandpipers, … Continue reading

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Ulysses, KS

We were visiting family in Ulysses, KS, the past week. The town is swarming with doves. This Mourning Dove was sitting on a nest over my mother-in-law’s driveway. This nest with two young Mourning Doves was about 20 feet away … Continue reading

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Weekend at the Coast

I led trips for the Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City, OR, last weekend. The weather was cool with scattered showers, so photo ops were not abundant. The Three Capes Tour on Friday was actually very good for mammals, … Continue reading

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Goose Lake State Park

About 14 miles south of Lakeview, Goose Lake State Park is always worth a quick stop for riparian birds and waterfowl. Goose Lake is large (8 miles wide, 20 miles long) and shallow (average 4 ft.), making it ideal for … Continue reading

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Winchuck River Mouth

Less than a mile from the California border, the Winchuck River empties into the Pacific Ocean. Along with a lovely beach area, the site has a nice visitor center (bathroom!) with information about the surrounding National Forest. Brown Pelicans were … Continue reading

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

Despite the fact that much of this bird is hidden from view, all the key field marks (broad square tail, dark primaries that contrast with the rest of the wing, and the lack of spots) reveal this bird to be … Continue reading

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