Fall Part Two.

This weekend I did some good old fashioned local birding with no crazy trips or adventures.  Tastes of fall were everywhere as I hit up Smith & Bybee Lakes, Force Lake, and Ridgefield NWR as well as a few Sauvie Island pumpkin patches.  At Sauvie Island farms this handsome turkey is kept in a sadly small pen with some other fowl:


Not as sad as the animals in pens at the official Pumpkin Patch, though.  That place is just depressing.  Anyway, back to wild birds... Brown Creepers are the ultimate fall bird dressed in their little camouflage hoodies...

Smith & Bybee Lakes

Speaking of camouflage, the fluorescent green water at Force Lake keeps the frogs fairly well-concealed...


A couple of geese came in for a landing while I was trying to pick frogs out of the muck (visually, I mean)...


Also on the lake a cute couple relaxed on a log...

Double-crested Cormorant & Glaucous-winged Gull

 At Ridgefield yesterday the geese are really moving in while the shorebirds move out.  Greater Yellowlegs remain to keep things squeaky...


A Bald Eagle peeked down at me through some branches- hopefully more will be arriving soon. 


Wood Ducks always look a thousand times flashier when swimming around in pretty leaf reflections...


Even the lowly Song Sparrow looks fancy with a gorgeous background...


The last couple of birds look fancy regardless of the season... bitterns and cranes:


I said it before and I'll say it again: Yay, fall!