Friday, June 25, 2010

Ridgefield NWR 06-25-10

Well, I returned to Ridgefield this afternoon without any kind of bug deterrent.  You would think I learned my lesson on Tuesday but no, I'm covered in even more bites.  I'll just type between scratching.

First of all, cedar waxwings were everywhere I looked!  I mean, they're usually around but not to this extent...



The more the merrier!

Also around were lots of black-headed grosbeaks...



I took some pictures of some dragonflies even though I know nothing about them (or if they are even dragonflies). 



I've been seeing some owl pellets on the Kiwa Trail... At least that's what they look like to me..

I always pick them apart to look for bones and stuff.  This one was pretty moist so I tried not to touch it too much but I found a lot of fur and what looked like some bugs. 

Back in the wooded section of the Kiwa Trail was this hummingbird:
It looks like a rufous hummingbird to me though I'm not positive.  I have some other less clear pictures that might show better markings...



Lastly, this heron was out for a late afternoon stroll along the road...


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ridgefield NWR 06-22-10

I spent yesterday afternoon/evening at Ridgefield hoping to see some new things... That didn't really happen but I had fun nonetheless.


The bullfrogs were goin nuts (well, vocally) on the Kiwa Trail...


This heron was also goin nuts vocally... He kept relocating and acting really upset about it...


I was hoping to see the white pelican that had been hanging around the trail but no luck... For a second I thought this egret was the pelican...


This little guy was napping on the side of the trail... Not sure if he was suicidal or just tired but after I tossed a little twig near him he hopped into the grass..


I think this is a western wood-pewee but I'm not 100% sure...


Some young wood ducks were swimming in one of the ponds...

There were lots of dragonflies and butterflies and things like that out and about..




A little House Wren popped out of nowhere to this branch and then popped back into nowhere.


Nutria crossing...

Oh and I also saw a gazillion mosquitoes that pretty much ate me alive.  They even found the inch of skin between my jeans and my sneakers and went to town.   I have bites between my fingers.   I am definitely going to get some bug spray or something before my next trip!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pond drama.

I took a quick trip to the pond near Heron Lakes golf course this morning to practice using my new camera...

There are at least half a dozen mallard families easily visible out on the pond...



After a little while a bald eagle flew in overhead... I was excited to see some action.


Unfortunately the action entailed a red-winged blackbird in hot pursuit...

Make that two red-winged blackbirds.

The eagle stands his ground in the tree and just acts annoyed with the blackbirds diving at him.


Two crows join the fuss.  They are ANGRY.   The next 40 minutes or so they are swooping in at the eagle, circling above, screaming their heads off.  The eagle does not budge.

Across the pond an osprey flies in...


I am seriously hoping his presence will further stir things up... But he loses interest in the pond drama after about 15 minutes and takes off.  





 The eagle is still stuck in the tree keeping his eye on the crows.  I watched for a full hour and though the eagle never budged, I never really understood if he was stuck there or chose to stay there.  Couldn't he win in a fight with the crows?  What was he waiting for?   Was he just tired?   So many questions...

Here's one more question... What is this:


I realize it's a blurry picture and hard to tell but any ideas would be appreciated!!!

Ridgefield NWR 06-18-10

I went up to Ridgefield yesterday around mid-day while it was still sunny. 

This female (or is it a young male?) yellow-headed blackbird was very busy catching mouthfuls of bugs:



You may have noticed that I never tire of bald eagles... Especially when they're in flight:


Or when fighting with a red-tailed hawk:


I managed a nice picture of a cedar waxwing..  I have yet to tire of them as well.



A black-capped chickadee.

The birds were just not getting along today!

I watched a pair of red-winged blackbirds in hot pursuit of a harrier...


They were still on her tail when I lost sight of them...


I returned home to find this bird waiting for me in my parking spot.. possibly eating a Fruit Loop:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kelley Point Park.

I took Jake to Kelley Point Park a few nights ago to check on the osprey and throw the old tennis ball around... The rivers are still high but there was actually maybe 15 feet of beach (as opposed to about 4 last week).  Yay.

The sun was starting to set over Sauvie Island and the osprey were nowhere near the nest.   Oh well, I took Jake to the field to throw the ball around.  I snapped a quick picture of this yellow bird:

I thought it's a female Bullock's Oriole?  It took off quickly.

Soon enough a pair of osprey showed up screeching... They circled above us for quite awhile (even trying to crap on us but the wind sent it away) before moving on to the Willamette..



I'm still figuring out my camera so these didn't come out as good as I had hoped.  At least I know where to go for some good practice!

And off they went!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ridgefield NWR 06-12-10 & Mary S. Young State Park.

I took the new camera up to Ridgefield bright and early yesterday morning.. Wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, but it worked out great (the only exception being the grebe babies).

Cinnamon Teal.

I took pictures of a lot of things I've photographed many many times just to see the difference with the new camera... Sorry for a lot of repeats!

Great Blue Heron.

Bunny.

A crow fighting off a determined Red-winged Blackbird.

Deer.

Red-winged Blackbird.

Turtle.

Cedar Waxwings.

Common Yellowthroat hopping in the most adorable way.

Oddly enough, I had never seen a Belted Kingfisher at Ridgefield before..


Blue-winged Teal.

I wasn't sure what this grebe was doing... It had some babies nearby so maybe it was scaring off someone or scooting them back to the nest?

I'm bummed this is the best picture I got of the babies.. They are sooooo crazy looking!


This morning I went to explore Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn.  It was a beautiful park and I even let Jake drag me into the river up to my knees- mind you this was the water level ON the trail.  Damn these high rivers!

I saw my first Red-breasted Sapsucker on one of the trails.. There were tons of other birds but that was the most interesting one (to me!).


I plan to explore the park more in the future!