Sunday, December 2, 2012

More from Fort Stevens SP.

As I mentioned in my last Snowy Owl-filled post, I decided to stick around Fort Stevens because the weather was surprisingly nice.  After the jetty I drove up to the Columbia River parking area and walked the dogs around the beach.  Right away a Red-throated Loon popped out of the water:


I took a photo of jellyfish only to find when I got home that my lens cap photobombed the shot.


There were some Sanderlings and Dunlin scattered along the shoreline but I'm not certain what birds made up this swarm I saw...


Next we headed to Coffenbury Lake to hike one of the nice woodsy trails around the lake.  It was pouring when we arrived but after waiting a few minutes it stopped completely and the sun came out yet again.


 The trees were filled with Steller's Jays, kinglets, and chickadees, while the lake was filled with Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, and Hooded Mergansers...


Back to the trees, a squirrel was chattering away arousing the curiosity of the mutts.  I told him to be quiet and the dogs would not eat him.  He listened. 


Nearby a Pacific Wren was also chattering but I did not tell him to be quiet.


There were lots of mushrooms around that I am guessing Michele would have liked:


 A couple times during our walk I would hear flocks of small birds overhead, unsure of what they were.  Just as we were making our way back to the car I realized they had been Red Crossbills:


I was driving away from the lake down the park road towards the exit when I saw something on the side of the road that looked like a bird- indeed it was a young Peregrine with what I thought was a fresh kill:


I gave the Peregrine as wide a berth as possible on the road but unfortunately spooked it anyway...


So like I said, I had thought it was a fresh kill.  Turns out, this Ring-necked Duck was still kickin.


He hobbled up onto the grass while I watched.  After a minute or so I figured I was preventing the falcon from returning and I did not want to watch this bird suffer anymore, so I took off.  I really hope the falcon (or another animal) came back to finish the job. 

Good times!!

15 comments:

  1. Woah!
    I've never seen something like this on the blogosphere before. That scene with the Falcon is intense.

    Your microscope shot of the jellyfish is neat too, and your Red-throated Loon qualifies as 'pretty friggin awesome'.

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    1. Intense for sure! If I was a nail-biter I would have been biting my nails.

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  2. Quite the twist at the end there. I always get a little disturbed when an animal's "dinner" isn't quite dead yet. Herons swallowing live voles being another example.

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    1. Ugh yeah live dinner is hard to watch.

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  3. Another great outing, Jen! Awesome shots of the Peregrine, I hope the duck did not suffer for long.

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  4. Timing is everything! Great photos as always!

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  5. Why yes I do like those mushrooms! The bright red are my fave. That poor duck! Cool to see though.

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    1. They are pretty for sure- now read up so you can tell me what they are!

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    1. Seriously heavy. Thanks for the scope tip too- I am hoping I'll be able to get one soon...

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  7. awww damn, that would upset me like crazy! I hope somehow he managed to survive..
    YEAH on the loon! All your birdy shots today were super..Never had the pleasure of seeing a crossbill..so Kodos on that one too!!
    LOVE that shot of your pups....they look so cute!

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