Recent birds.

The weather folks should really just call it a day- they've been wrong all week.  Monday morning I read something along the lines of "sun" and "dry."  It snowed pretty much all day- not really accumulating, but still.  This White-crowned Sparrow was pretty indifferent to it:

After enjoying the dusting in my own yard I headed west to Washington County to spend the day birding with the famous Dwight Porter.  Ok, maybe he's not famous.  Anyway, he showed me around some spots I'd never visited before including Koll Wetlands and Hedges Creek Wetlands, and we also stopped by Tualatin River NWR.  The weather wasn't great for photos but we saw some great birds- like a Merlin at TRNWR:

A Green Heron (or two) at Hedges Creek...

A Lincoln's Sparrow at Tualatin River NWR:

It was a fun time despite the freezing snowy weather.  Yesterday morning I walked the dogs at Broughton Beach where not a whole lot was going on birdwise.  A flock of Canada Geese did try to clothesline us at one point, but eventually they gave up and half the flock flew into the river and the other half walked up the hill.

This morning I walked the dogs by Vancouver Lake.  Things were pretty dang birdylicious. 

Red-breasted Sapsucker

 Golden-crowned Fuzzball

I stared at a lot of sparrows trying to pick out interesting ones.  I found a couple Foxes and a single White-throated and proceeded to take terrible photos of them.

Bald Eagles were in abundance.  This adult went flying across the lake and promptly came flying back with a gull in hot pursuit...

These two looked on chuckling to themselves...

Alright, enough crappy grey weather photos... Hopefully the sun will come out sometime soon.  Good times!


  1. Where are the Hedges Creek Wetlands? How cool to find Green Herons in the winter.

    1. I only recently learned that we even had Green Herons in the winter- there's been quite a few reports from Crystal Springs on eBird. Hedges Creek is in Tualatin, behind the post office there.

  2. Way to bird through the doom and gloom of winter.

    That Sapsucker is tops.

  3. Cool to see the Green heron, are they there year round? Love the geese shot and the eagle being chased by a gull. The Sapsucker is awesome! Great birds Jen! Happy Birding!

  4. You're kinda postal, nor rain, nor sleet or snow will stop the birding! WTG! Lovely sapsucker shot and I am still giggling at the High Tailing that Eagle got from the gull...way tooo cute. Happy Birding, hope you get some sun, IM about tired of gloom over here its all we've been getting all winter! Tonight its raining buckets.

  5. That Red-breasted Sapsucker is pretty cool looking. Great photo too! Thanks for posting your grey weather photos too. It makes us camera-challenged birders feel better about ourselves!


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