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Spring in the Wetlands

Spring is coming on strong, despite the cold latter half of March. The season is most obvious in the open habitats around wetlands. Local nesters are starting to pair up and collect nesting material.The winter sparrow flocks are starting to … Continue reading

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Sauvie Island

I took my Little Brown Birds class to Sauvie Island. A walk along the length of Rentenaar Road is always good for sparrows. We found at least four White-throated Sparrows. This species was considered quite rare in Oregon ten years … Continue reading

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North Coast, 21 November 2013

I spent a cold but sunny day on the coast, from Seaside to the Columbia River. One of the best surprises of the day was this Black Phoebe at Millponds Park in Seaside. This species continues to expand its range … Continue reading

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Little Brown Birds

I took my Little Brown Birds class to Sauvie Island. The sparrow flock along Rentenaar Road is thinning out, but all the expected species are still there. For the third year in a row, the star of the day was … Continue reading

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Sauvie Island 4/5/12

I took advantage of the dry weather to scout Sauvie Island (Birding Oregon p. 55) for my Little Brown Birds field trip. Sandhill Cranes are still present in good numbers. The Osprey nest along Rentenaar Road is occupied again. We … Continue reading

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Sparrowpalooza

I spent the morning in Scappoose, OR, this morning looking for a Brambling that was seen about a week ago. I didn’t have any luck with the Brambling, but it was great fun watching the variety of sparrows that were … Continue reading

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Seaside, 11/10/2011

Here are a few more images from a recent trip to the coast. Black Turnstone at The Cove in Seaside (Birding Oregon p. 121) Surfbirds blend in with the rocks very well until someone opens their wings. California Gull in … Continue reading

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Pittock Mansion 4-21-11

The grounds around Pittock Mansion in northwest Portland are a favorite spot for spring migrants. Most people visit this park to tour the ostentatious limestone house, but birders prefer the brushy hillsides and the woods around the parking lot. Since … Continue reading

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Autumn Sparrows

Autumn brings an influx of sparrows to the Willamette Valley. Like many groups of birds, the sparrows aren’t that hard to identify, they are just hard to get a good look at. White-crowned Sparrow, hiding behind a twig Golden-crowned Sparrow, … Continue reading

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Powell Butte

Located on the east side of Portland, Powell Butte Nature Park (Birding Oregon p. 66) offers a variety of birds and some nice views of the nearby mountains. The butte is tall enough to produce its own rain shadow, so … Continue reading

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