Fern Ridge Reservoir

I keep seeing this area mentioned when people write about birds in the area, so I thought I'd check it out yesterday while the weather was still beautiful.  I am so glad I did!

This Song Sparrow was one of many birds chattering away at Zuwalt Park..  I randomly stopped at this park first and lucky for me it was an off-leash area.  Jake had a blast charging through the overgrown grass.

Here is a terrible terrible picture of what I believe is a Bewick's Wren?

This next one was hanging out in the parking lot of a mini-mart down the road from Zuwalt & Jean Parks..

 Is this a Western Bluebird?

At Perkins Peninsula:
There were tons of robins and this Western Scrub-Jay.

At the road leading into the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area Headquarters was this Ring-necked Pheasant.

As I drove up he refused to budge for at least a minute, but finally gave in and hopped into the bushes.

From the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area:

I wouldn't have even bothered trying to identify this bird but he showed me his backside before flying off..

Could this be a Yellow-rumped Warbler, or is that just too obvious?

This looks like a female Western Bluebird..

Across the gravel road from the wildlife area was a field of cows.  They always make me smile.

This hawk was circling over a pond full of Canada Geese and Northern Pintails..

Huge flocks of geese were constantly coming or going... I loved that I could see the moon behind these guys.

This was the most patient kestrel I have ever encountered.  Usually they take off a second after I aim the camera at them...

At Kirk Pond it sure looked like Spring!

I think this is a Western Grebe flying over the pond..  Bad picture, I know.

Our last stop was Royal Avenue.  It was a beautiful place with great views of the reservoir.   Northern Harriers flew overhead and more coots than I have ever seen swam in the water.

I will definitely be heading back to Fern Ridge in the future!


  1. Your Western Bluebird images look very much like our Eastern Bluebirds. The hawk soaring may be a Red-tailed hawk, not certain, but it looks like you had a fun day, with nice entries~

  2. Sounds like a great day out! Yes, that is a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Western Bluebird! That pheasant is cool; I've never seen one in the wild.

  3. Some lovely photos - for a little brown job, I still love the Song Sparrow - wren photo is fuzzy, but the white throat suggests it could be a Marsh - but I emphasize the tentativeness. This time of year a bright yellow rump is as you said - obvious. In the east a few other warblers also flash a yellow rump. Nice capture of the Red-tailed Hawk with its faint belly band - probably a juvenile from the light color tail ... and can't overlook the male kestrel - our most beautiful bird of prey

  4. Some interesting pictures there - if you want some more pheasants, I can send you a few (a family is eating our grain and are fattening up nicely!)
    Great geese and kestrel shots.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. I've never been to Fern Ridge but hear about it all the time, too. You've inspired me!
    The wren is a Bewick's - strong white eyebrow, no stripes on the back. The duck in flight is a male Common Merganser. Great shot!


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