Sunday, January 2, 2011

Weekend birds.

I made a new year's resolution this year to see a lot more birds.  I got started right away yesterday with a trip to Tualatin River NWR.  The temperature was about 25 F.  I lasted a little over an hour before losing feeling in the fingers required to operate a camera.

Some highlights were this chilly-looking Fox Sparrow:

And a Ruby-crowned Kinglet with a visible ruby crown! 

Bad photo, but it was cool to see for once...

A sweet little Bewick's Wren:

This morning I was heading to Ridgefield for a quick loop of the auto tour but was quickly sidetracked by the epic sunrise....

Hell yeah!  At Ridgefield things were pretty mellow... The highlight for me was a Varied Thrush:

And a harrier perched on a log giving me the stink eye:

After Ridgefield I planned to head out to Cascade Locks to find the Harlequin Ducks since I still had not seen any ever...  They were exactly where someone said they were yesterday, between the Cascade Fish Hatchery and a foot bridge in Eagle Creek.

If only they had been awake!  Oh well, a new bird is a new bird... A pair of Common Goldeneyes flew by while I was standing there...

Further up the road were some birds poking around on the ground... Mostly juncos and sparrows, but also this Hermit Thrush:

After stopping at home for lunch I figured I'd take the dogs for a walk along Broughton Beach and search for the Tufted Duck.  It was a gorgeous afternoon though still pretty chilly.  Luckily I remembered to double up on socks and gloves.

I didn't find the duck... But I did find a flock of these guys:

American Pipits!  Another new one for me!  What a great way to start the year...


  1. That is a great picture of the Goldeneyes. I am going to work on my "action" shots this year. They showed up nicely in your picture.

  2. When you said your resolution was to see more birds, I thought: "How is that possible, she sees a s**tload as it is." Well you proved me saw a ton this weekned! And that sunset probably made getting up early worth it! So pretty!

  3. You really did well on your tour. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. Very impressive photos - and your landscapes make me miss the Northwest - I lived in Portland a very long time ago.

  5. WOW that was a stellar day! SO many new FACES--wow..and that shot is that the HOOD? Ive never been to the NW...drooling to get up there tho....Its awesome-
    Dont forget to pack the thermos with Hot Choco-latte!
    & That stop action shot is MARV!!-
    Happy Birding!

  6. Cool, Pipits. That's a bird I'd like to see.

  7. Great blog! Your photography is astounding. You would be invited to contribute to World Bird Wednesday a place for bird bloggers to share their experiences. Check it out at

  8. Wonderful way to start the new year. Great birds and photos.

  9. Super variety of birds and scenery Jen! A stellar way to start off the year!

  10. Hi Jen. A wonderful start to your birding year and some great photos.