It's been pretty hot here the last few days... Portland broke a 100 degrees for the first time in a few years on Saturday.  Yesterday after putting an offer on yet another house, my friend and I headed to the Sandy River to relieve ourselves.  Ummm... well, yeah, I guess both meanings work.

We parked along highway 30 and walked down into Dabney State Park, hiked through the frisbee golf course and through the woods...

...and eventually made it to the river...

Now I didn't spend much time looking for birds, but I learned last summer that shorebirds occasionally meander by while you're swimming.  I brought my Nikon point and shoot just in case...

Just in case a Spotted Sandpiper comes creeping along while I'm floating on my tube!  And yes, we picked up all our cans (and everyone else's too).  A Belted Kingfisher was fishing on the other side of the river from us in the shadows, and Cedar Waxwings were flycatching along the shore. 

And this bird (a cowbird?) was pretty sure the waxwings were supposed to be feeding it...

That was about it... I know some folks have asked how I liked my little Nikon so far.  It's really hard to say after using a DSLR for over two years.  The camera seems fine, it works for river/beach trips.  If I saw something really awesome at a great distance it would be a bummer, but not as much of a bummer as getting sand/beer in my Canon.  Know what I mean? 

Hope you're staying cool!  I'm heading back to the river now...


  1. PASS me one and Ill take a float too..I went to the river but didnt jump in, SURE felt like it tho,,,,although the level was down the current is strong. COOL to see wax wings down at eye level! GOOD luck with your house hunt...the perfect abode is out there for you!

  2. Tubing on the river sounds like fun. It has been a few years since I have done it here. Great collection of birds, mainly the sandpiper and the waxwings. The cowbird is not a favorite of mine. Good luck with your house hunting and bid. And thanks for the heads up on the Swainson's Thrush.

  3. Looks like a sweet spot. Birding is great, and getting birds while doing something else good is the ultimate bonus!

  4. Looks like a great day on the river! The Spotted Sandpipers were keeping cool in the river here this weekend as well:)

  5. Where were Jake and Ralph? I bet they would like that spot too!

    1. Ha, yeah they would have liked it, but no dogs allowed at this park. Plus I have way more fun when I'm not worrying about them!


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