Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fern Ridge Reservoir.

I headed south to Fern Ridge Reservoir this morning despite the 50% chance of rain..  Of course at this time of year, there's pretty much a 50% chance of any weather anytime.   The day turned out to be rather nice.

My first stop was the off-leash area of Zumwalt Park to let Jake get tired.  It didn't take long.


Is this a Purple Martin?  No, it's an Olive-sided Flycatcher!


Next stop was Jean's Park... I wasn't able to get many pictures of birds, but this giant slug was on the bathroom door...

I spent most of the day at the area at the end of Royal Avenue...

It was hard to get a good picture of these guys but they were super cute.. I believe it's a Mallard mama and her ducklings.


It was beautiful out (though very windy).. As I had hoped I saw a handful of the White Pelicans that had been seen around the area...
As I had feared, they were way out of my camera's range.  The most annoying thing was that they were super close to the road- a narrow part of the road where the speed limit is 55 and there's nowhere nearby to stop!  Darn it!

Out on the water were at least 3 different broods of goslings..  So adorable.


I wish I could tell what the Osprey was carrying... some kind of rodent or frog or fish or something...


Now I'm pretty sure this guy is a Purple Martin...


Ok, I'll spare you all of my dead/decomposing/half-eaten nutria pictures, but this dead snake is pretty cool looking..

Golden-crowned Sparrow.

Marsh Wren.

Least Sandpipers I think...

This was one of the most interesting birds I saw today..  Looks like a Canada Goose x Snow Goose?

These guys were obviously together.. I hope they make more funny little hybrid goose babies. 



It was a fun trip!  I'm glad I got to check out the trails that are closed all winter and now only open on Saturdays!

4 comments:

  1. Great photos...I have never been there. You should go back soon to get some pics of the "funny little hybrid goose babies." That made me smile! PS I can't tell if those are Purple Martins, perhaps one of the experts will confirm.

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  2. Thanks for sharing a wonderful day out Jen. The Wren clinging to the reed is a super capture. FAB.

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  3. Did you jump at the sight of the snake or could you tell right away it wasn't alive? I would have freaked. I love the goose babies!!

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  4. Your second birds are correctly identified as Purple Martins, but your first bird is Olive-sided Flycatcher!

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