Yesterday's snow-covered morning seemed like a great time to test it out so I headed to some of my favorite North Portland spots.
At Heron Lakes Golf Course I found a bunch of American Wigeons with a pair of Eurasians trying to keep a low pro.
Mew Gulls were the gull of choice on the golf course lawns...
They are pretty much always my gull of choice. The snow made the golf course a lot prettier than normal. Too bad it melted so fast.
Crows in the snow are rad, even when they aren't sledding on rooftops. It almost never snows here so I don't get to see this much:
From Force Lake I walked the dogs down the road towards Vanport Wetlands to check on the Great Horned Owl nest. As I had hoped there were two owlets!
Not the best photos, but whatever, still adorable. This afternoon I headed to Whitaker Ponds in northeast Portland where a Black Phoebe was reported yesterday. There were a few birders already watching the bird when I arrived. Definitely a great bird to see in PDX.
He was flycatching over the pond along with lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Cedar Waxwings...
There were plenty of other good birds around the ponds like this Golden-crowned Kinglet...
So far my new lens has been doing alright- the only complaint I have is the lens cap that it came with doesn't stay on so I'm using the one from my 250mm. Other than that it's working out great. Good times!