I went out to Steigerwald this morning to take the dogs for a walk along the dike trail in the gorgeous weather. One of my favorite sightings was just before we made it to the parking area at Captain William Clark Park:
Along the trail were lots of birds, though no kingbirds as I had hoped.
I am currently house-hunting and I was bummed to see this Purple Martin had claimed some prime real estate with a sweet view of Mount Hood...
Purple Martins are actually one of the best things about Steigerwald Lake- they are abundant to say the least...
I watched an Osprey fly by with a fresh fish catch..
As we returned to the parking area a couple of cormorants flew overhead and looked kind of cool with all the cotton floating around...
And that was about it... Lots of bunnies around to make the dogs nutty, but still a fun walk.
Upon arriving home to my neighborhood I saw a bird in the road one block north of my house. I actually stopped in the middle of the road and stared at it as my brain processed the intruder. It was my first ever (in the three years I've lived here) Eurasian Collared-Dove. I said "oh god" to myself and quickly made it home and inside only to peek through the blinds to see if they were invading my own yard. Not yet. I have seen enough posts on OBOL to know that it was only a matter of time before they invaded my hood, but it took me by surprise nonetheless. I've never even seen a Mourning Dove in these blocks. I'm hoping it was a one-day wonder.