Thursday, December 15, 2011

This week...

I haven't been able to sit still much the last week... I've had lots to do and the sunshine and lack of rain makes me feel like I have to do something outside, regardless of the temperature.  Finally last night some rain arrived and I am feeling less guilty about sitting on the couch under a blanket, catching up on last season's Breaking Bad, and consuming as much coffee as I can before work.

Sunday afternoon I took the dogs for a long walk along the Frenchman's Bar Trail in Vancouver.  I was hoping to maybe run into the Snowy but did not..  Just flock after flock of sparrows.  The White-throated is always a nice treat...


Trees are finally starting to look bare here and I will not miss constantly mistaking falling leaves for birds...


On Wednesday morning the dogs and I hiked up Beacon Rock, an 848-foot-tall monolith about 45 minutes east of Portland in Washington.  It was super windy and seemingly bird-free, but the views were pretty nice and it was a good way to tire the dogs out.


Lewis and Clark originally named the rock Beaten Rock but changed it to Beacon Rock later.  In 1915 a fellow named Henry Biddle bought it for a buck and built the trails, handrails, and bridges.  His family gave it to Washington as a gift so it could be a state park.  That's all the history lesson I got for ya, courtesy of Wikipedia.

View of the Columbia River Gorge to the west


View of the gorge to the east


Yesterday morning I took the dogs for a long walk from Broughton Beach.  It was the ultimate winter morning, only it's still fall.


No exciting sightings, but some nice birds..  I saw the Snow Bunting for a second as it flew directly over my head, possibly disturbed by the airport canons.  A Red-tailed Hawk was perched above the Sea Scout Base.  I thought he was doing the old hawk-in-a-pipe trick:


But no...


Across Marine Drive a kestrel was perched with a fist full of breakfast...


Thankfully it's hard to see... But it looks a lot like something I had seen on the ground earlier...


Those human hand-like feet will give me nightmares.  Your welcome.

A couple of Western Meadowlarks were standing in the grass right along the bike path...


A couple of crows were kicking off their morning with some High Life, the champagne of beers, and possibly, the breakfast of champions.


In other news I got a new cookbook: VivaVegan!  It's filled with delicious-sounding Latin inspired vegan recipes.  I tried out the Creamy Corn-Crusted Tempeh Pot Pie (Pastel de Choclo) and it was rather tasty.  I omitted the olives and raisins though and it definitely could have used some jalapeƱos, or as I chose to use, a heaping dose of Tapatio...


Next I'm going to try the Portobello Feijoada: Brazilian Black Bean Stew with Portobello Mushrooms...  Yummy!

4 comments:

  1. mmmmmm....vegan pot pie...that looks awesome!

    The 40 0z crow shot is awesome. And the gorge shots...truly impressive. Looking forward to migrating north next month.

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  2. WELL from one Vegan to another YUMMM. I had Baby Bellas mixed with some seasoned roasted Potatoes tonight..LOVE them with lots of GARLIC of course. I never get tired of the white throats they are such cool and unruffled birds...they never freak out like the cardinals...in my yard when I walk out the back door..
    Wondering if those crows were gonna chug that bottle?

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  3. Hey! Look at you! Birdgirl is cooking! :) Love it. I made a Tamale Pie thing and it was really good. I have some improvements I will make next time. Good ole comfort food.

    Thanks for the disturbing image of the human hands on a rodent. Nightmare material for sure.

    Now I'm off to check out OBOL for Snowy Owl sightings. Maybe this weekend...

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  4. Hi Jen, you have some beautiful and scenic photos. The views were awesome. I would love to visit Oregon someday and see these sights. Great shot of the hawk and your veggie dish look yummy. Have a great weekend and happy birding!

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