Yesterday afternoon my friend gave me a ride after I dropped my car off at the mechanic yet again. My friend is obviously too nice for his own good because I somehow convinced him to drive all the way down to Westmoreland Park so I could take a look at a couple of swans. In the pouring rain.
A couple of Tundra Swans settled in at the park awhile back. They're not rare swans by any means, but I don't get many opportunities to see them close up, let alone in Portland.
I was also psyched to find an extremely obliging Canvasback, another bird I rarely see at close range.
Can't go wrong with a couple of Wood Ducks...
Or a handsome merganser...
There were lots of gulls of course, some of which I even considered trying to ID. I wanted to call this fella a Thayer's Gull, so it's probably a Herring:
These two buddies both make think something along the lines of Olympic, but really I don't know:
There were plenty more gulls but the rain was coming down steadily and my poor nice friend had no rain coat, so I threw in the towel. I will leave you with a pretty domestic beast: