Motorless birding.

I drive way too much, I admit it.  Especially to go look for birds.   But today I dusted off my bike, put some air in the tires, and headed off to Force Lake and Vanport Wetlands to begin my new bird list, a motorless bird list.  It was only a 15 minute ride to get there and it sure felt nice to be back on my bike.

At Force Lake I locked up my bike and left a scrub-jay in charge of scaring off the bums that live in the woods. 

I fired him pretty quickly when I found he had abandoned his post to follow me.

The fun thing about starting a new bird list is that every bird is a new bird... It made me pay more attention to the regulars. 

Cedar Waxwing

 Red-winged Blackbird vs. Red-tailed Hawk

At one point I saw couple of Great Blue Herons fly across the lake towards me but I lost sight of them somehow.  Then I looked up.

Soon after the other heron landed on another branch...

All I could think of was watching that heron at Ridgefield take a giant crap on the road...  Thankfully, these two didn't have to go.  They seemed kind of curious about me, but not really concerned.  They both seem to be juveniles and there was another juvenile across the lake perched in a tree also. 

I watched them for about ten minutes from below before moving around the lake for another view...

See the little Anna's Hummingbird on the branch between them?  Ok, just one more heron shot as one flew back across the lake to join the other heron.

While I was standing underneath the herons I watched a Black-capped Chickadee carry inchworms to its nest cavity.  Probably the same chickadee from the last post. 

After the lake I walked down the road towards Vanport and watched a Common Yellowthroat singing on some barbed wire protecting the golf course. 

In the slough adjacent to the dog park was a Wood Duck mama with at least five ducklings. 

At Vanport I added many more species to my list...

American Coots
Tree Swallow

A blurry hodge-podge of water birds: Canada Goose, Mallard, Ruddy Duck, Redhead, Gadwall, etc.

That was about it!  I am pretty excited to keep this list going.  As of right now I have about 40 species on it.  Good times!


  1. A nice start to your new list. You did see some great birds. The Herons are awesome coseups. And I love the hawk shot. The chickadee is another favorite. Great shots.

  2. New lists are hella fun. And addicted. Glad you are doing a bike list! Its impossible to go anywhere here without driving...I drive an hour just to go to the frakking grocery store. How embarrassing. Can we work out some kind of cap and trade deal?

  3. Great idea, Jen! This is sort of the birding doldrums right now, between spring and fall so anything to get it new and fresh is awesome!

  4. Lovely images of your wonderful wildlife... and a great blog to browse.
    many thanks for sharing.

  5. I'm way behind on your blog and just catching up. Love all your sightings! The herons and hummer photo is great. What a contrast!

  6. Watch were you stand under those Herons or you might have to clean you lens. :-)

  7. What a great start and with some great sightings. I love the hummingbird - heron picture.


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