Broughton Beach

Something just plain crazy happened today in Portland: the sun came out and stayed all day long!  I took the dogs for a two hour walk along Broughton Beach this morning and found some great birds...

Did I mention it was freezing?

There were a couple of Western Meadowlarks around...

Crows are always flying around, talking, whatever...

Yellow-rumped Warblers were all over the place.

I was super psyched to find the Snow Bunting that had been previously reported...

He flew over to the pilings at one point and did some sunbathing...

I flushed a big ole flock of American Pipits at one point.  One or two usually stay behind to see what I'm up to..

On our return trip we walked along the bike path in hopes of flushing an owl, but no luck.  A Red-tailed Hawk was perched on the airport fence in weak consolation...

Down in one of the ponds by the river was what looks like a Least Sandpiper all by its lonesome...

A cormorant was catching some rays nearby...

It was a great walk and the frost-covered scenery was gorgeous...

On the drive home I stopped to check out a beautiful Bald Eagle...

Good times!


  1. Nifty! Better name that Snow Bunting Serendipity! Coll sightings with great pictures, thanks for sharing.

  2. Jen, I would say it was a great day. Love all the bird photos, especially the first Snow Bunting shot. Great sighting of the hawl and the beautiful Eagle. Have a great weekend and happy birding.

  3. !!! Is that a dead squirrel?! Ew. Nice photos. The shot of the scenery was great. I have yet to visit there. What a difference a bit of sunshine makes!

  4. Many congrats on the Snow Bunting! Have you seen this species before?

    I hope to chase this individual myself.

  5. Great you saw the Bunting...Terrific list of birds on this this outting!! Awww to the poor dead squirrel, and UUHHH to the beautiful bald Eagle..

  6. Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    Yep, a dead squirrel... Though not sure how it died and I wasn't about to let the dogs do a close inspection!

    @Rhett- I have seen Snow Buntings a few times now, my first one was at Ridgefield a year ago... Definitely one of my favorites, and this fella was a new state bird for me..

  7. Great shots Jen! Obviously the Snow Bunting is quite a find. Love the meadow Lark pic.


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