Between the recent bouts of rain, we have seen a few sunny days. The birds seem to really take advantage of the nice weather to bulk up for winter. Cedar Waxwings, like this juvenile, have been working fruiting trees and shrubs. Most of these images were taken at Koll Wetlands in Beaverton.
adult Cedar Waxwing
The red nape on this Downy Woodpecker blended in with the red berries.
This noisy Belted Kingfisher blended in amazingly well with the foliage.
This one was not so well camouflaged.
Yellow-rumped Warblers are starting to arrive in the valley.
Most migrant shorebirds are long gone, but three Greater Yellowlegs were lingering at Koll. There is no exposed mud, so the birds were wading deep or actually swimming.
Young Red-tailed Hawk, keeping an eye on me
The male ducks have mostly finished their molt into their colorful plumage, a nice change from the dreary summer look of “Ugly Duck Season.” These Wood Ducks were at Commonwealth Lake.
I followed this Bewick’s Wren around for a while, waiting for him to emerge from the shade and land in a bit of sunshine. When I shoot in RAW, my camera cannot shoot multiple frames, so I only got one chance when the bird popped up into the light.
A much more cooperative model, this Barred Owl hung out by my bird feeder for about half and hour one day. He watched the little birds flitting around, but I think he was hoping for one of the squirrels or rats that often clean up under the feeder. Unfortunately, the rodents did not make an appearance, so the owl eventually moved on.
I have updated the Classes page to show all the classes I currently have scheduled. I would love to share what I know (that part doesn’t take long) and then go birding with you. Check it out.
I have also updated the Updates and Corrections page for Birding Oregon. There are several sites in Tillamook County that are currently not open to birding due to construction projects or the county’s tendency to fall into the Pacific Ocean.
The headquarters at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge remain closed following the armed occupation by inbred troglodytes in January and February of 2016.
Lest you think this entire post is bad news, please enjoy this photo of a lovely Barred Owl that was snoozing on our property on a recent evening. Cheers.
We were pleasantly startled to find this Barred Owl perched on our bridge this week. We have heard one on the property before, but this is the first good look we have had. After some crows started giving him grief, the owl moved to a more sheltered perch in a Curly Willow.
He was visible in this tree for two days, but windy weather has since sent him looking for a more stable roosting spot. I hope he stays around. There are certainly plenty of non-native squirrels and other rodents to keep him busy.
Check out the feathered eyelids.