Saturday, May 14, 2011

Camassia Natural Area.

Yesterday afternoon was beautiful and quite warm so I decided to visit somewhere new for me, Camassia Natural Area in West Linn.  There were tons of flowers in bloom which may be why I feel an onslaught of allergies...


The place is definitely birdy though I wasn't always able to locate the birds, sometimes because I was trying not to wander into poison oak, and sometimes because the sun was frying my brain.  Vireos were definitely the most common bird I saw... I think they were all Warbling Vireos...



I also saw my first Western Wood-Pewee of the year:


Handsome devil!  A Turkey Vulture flew low over my head...


Most of the warblers I saw were Yellow-rumped but there were definitely lots of birds I didn't see... Towards the end of the loop trail I heard a squeaking sound in the low shrubs and thought I caught sight of a little vole or something.  Suddenly it paused in a somewhat clear area and I realized it was a baby bird!


I'm guessing it's a baby Pacific Wren but I suppose it could maybe be a House Wren or something?  Anyway, it's adorable. 

That was about it for my afternoon but I definitely want to visit again maybe early in the morning, and not when the high school next door is being let out....

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful flower mosaic and the flight shot of the vulture really stands out! I don't believe I have a shot of a Vireo--nice catches! I'm impressed with the variety of places you go to find your birds and critters! I know where to come on the web if I ever want to discover good local areas.

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  2. Shame when the beauty of the flowers sends you diving for the tissues!

    Great series of shots, and plenty of birds despite the poison oak!

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  3. I haven't been to Camassia Natural area...your post made me want to go! Love the baby bird pic!

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