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!
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...