The last couple of days here have been freakin fantastic, forcing me to scrub the ridiculous layer of dust off my sunglasses that only a Portland winter can create. Yesterday afternoon I drove out to Sauvie Island with the mutts.
We spent most of our time wandering Rentenaar Road. Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes are still present in good numbers...
A flock of swans flew overhead that included some Trumpeters trumpeting away. A new state bird for me!
I checked out the sparrow flock at the famous apple tree and easily found the Harris's Sparrow, but not the Clay-colored or anything else exciting.
Sauvie Island is known for its farms and Jake was more than happy to sample the local grass.
This afternoon the dogs were tired from a morning at work so I headed over to Powell Butte without them. Another beautiful day...
Apparently I was not privy to the knowledge that beautiful days mean major make-out sessions at the butte. Seriously. See this Mourning Dove?
What you can't see and what I didn't notice at first was the half-naked couple just below and to the right of this dove. This dove was getting quite the show.
Anyway, I was on the lookout for shrikes and bluebirds. I found the Western Bluebirds rather easily, just south of the Orchard Trail (where of course two more people were making out in the middle of the off-limits Wildlife Area). The birds were far away so made for only record photos, but still awesome because it was a new county bird for me. Not that I care. Oh wait, I do. Dammit.
Male Anna's Hummingbirds were everywhere, staking out their territories.
That was about it for birds...