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...

11 comments:

  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.

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  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 wrong...you saw a ton this weekned! And that sunset probably made getting up early worth it! So pretty!

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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 http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

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