Friday, October 28, 2011

Recent birds & Ridgefield today...

I didn't get out too much this week for birding but today's trip to Ridgefield more than made up for it... Before we get to that, here's a few birds from the week:

Common Raven, Timberline Lodge


A few Cacklers, Sauvie Island


A few more Cacklers...


Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco

And now for Ridgefield...  I went up there because I knew it was supposed to rain and I usually have good luck there when it rains.   First off I walked the little trail to the bird blind and was surprised to find a Great Horned Owl land in a tree not far from me.  He took off quickly but I got a couple blurry shots...


The trees were looking cool today...


Herons were out and about eating all sorts of creatures...




A rather unconcerned Peregrine:


All of this stuff was fine and dandy, but my favorite sighting of the day had to be this guy:


A porcupine!  This was only the second time I had seen one, and the first time I had seen one alive!  I wasn't sure if he was injured or if porcupines just walk funny...


I loved his little feet especially....


Alright, enough of that guy... Good times!!

7 comments:

  1. Cool sightings, Jen! I especially love the owl and the neat porcupine is really cool. Wonderful shots of the geese adn the heron with the rodent! What a great day and a great post. Have a great weekend!

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  2. The porcupine was a great find! Lucky you!

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  3. A Porcupine at Ridgefield is a heck of a find!!!

    Without looking at a field guide, your Slate-colored looks a little suspicious due to the brownish tones on its back. The S.C.s I've seen have been "slaty" all the way down their backs and into their tails. Could this be a female? A hybrid perhaps?

    Good birding!

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  4. Jen, Check out Cassiar Junco to see what Rhett is talking about.

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  5. HOW cute...I love the feet too...looks to be the only spot without spines...
    GREAT Horned owl..he was really checking you out too
    !!

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  6. I love that first shot of the Cacklers in the fog at Sauvie Island!

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  7. Hmmm porcupin! What a weird ecological wonder. You've been getting rather close to nature lately.

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