I don't usually venture far to look for just one bird, but for some reason yesterday I decided to head to E.E. Wilson near Corvallis to look for the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The first thing you notice in the parking area is all the game birds in pens... I don't really get it, but they were cool to look at.
I took some bad photos through the rain and chicken wire... The Lady Amherst Pheasant was definitely the most impressive:
The Salmon Golden Pheasant was pretty too...
Anyway. After peeking at all the random birds, I took Jake for a long walk on the interpretive trail. I only encountered one hunter and one jogger the whole time. Oh, and one smiling fruit:
I am easily amused.
At the lake area were lots of kinglets, chickadees, Bushtits and sparrows, but only one bird in the water- a female Bufflehead. There was also a sign about the hunting seasons...
Ok so I don't know much about hunting. I don't do it, I'm not too fond of the hunters I've met, but I can appreciate those that hunt for food and not for sport. Anyway, my point is that I had NO idea that people hunted snipe and crows?! That just seems so weird to me!
After the long walk I decided to follow the directions I got from OBOL to look for the sapsucker. I walked down the road toward the headquarters and started scanning the trees. The third tree was the lucky one...
I got eight quick shots before he took off across the road and disappeared into a huge flock of goldfinches and Pine Siskins. I never found him again. Oh well- I was pretty amazed that I was able to find him at all!
Hmm, apparently I should have headed over to the Coffin Butte Landfill afterwards to look for the strange dark-backed gull!