Broughton Beach.

I took the dogs for a long walk along the bike path above Broughton Beach this morning... I saw some awesome things!

First off, a Western Meadowlark greeted us (well, it looked at us and walked away...)

Next up was the best bird I saw all morning.... We were all surprised when he shot up from about ten feet in front of us and flew out over the Columbia... A Short-eared Owl!

So cool!

We also startled a flock of American Pipits...  They all took off except for this guy:

At the Sea Scout Base a good ole Bald Eagle kept an eye on things...

I am getting a little tired of looking through huge rafts of scaup, but I keep doing it anyway...

On our walk back to the car in the rain I saw this hawk perched on the fence that surrounds the PDX Airport:

Now that's a big tag... There's one on both wings.  From what I understand it was most likely tagged by the airport and released somewhere far away... And now it's back...   Oh, K5, you will never learn.

That was about it besides some more Common Goldeneyes... Good times!


  1. Hello! I'm new to your blog and love your photos almost as much as I love birds. What kind of camera are you using?

  2. Jen,

    Congrats on the Short-eared Owls! I've been looking for these birds at this location for some time. Can you tell me what area you flushed them from?

    Thanks so much,

  3. @Jen- thanks for the kind words! I use a Canon EOS Rebel T1i. I've only had it for about 6 months but I really love it.

    @Rhett- Yes! I was walking on the dirt path below the bike path. We had just passed the second set of pilings from the Broughton Beach parking area. The owl must have been sitting just below the path in the steep rocky area. When flushed, he flew out over the Columbia, around the pilings, and back towards the path but way east of where I was. I looked around for him on my way back but didn't see him. Good luck!

  4. The Owl shots are my favourite, but all the rest are good also. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

  5. thats a good bird! GREAT shots of him too...awesome pipin--that poor old bird with those huge tags wth? why can people just leave wildlife alone?

  6. Great array of birds and wonderful shots, Jen! I am lucky if I see one or two birds during my walks, but the climate is much harsher here. All the lakes are frozen, and there's a lot of snow...

  7. Thanks, Jen!

    I'll let you know how I do.

  8. Excellent shots on the Shorteared. I'm hoping for a Great Gray this weekend in Duluth, MN Fingers are crossed.

  9. Awesome job getting some shots of the short-eared Jen! Thanks for sharing your day with us!


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