Dog walkin.

I've been out birding quite a bit lately but I don't have a lot of photos to show for it.  Or the photos I have look like this:

Duh, it's a Yellow-breasted Chat

So this morning I decided to take the dogs for a walk and try to get some shots actually worth sharing.  I did okay.

First off, the Osprey nest near my house is always entertaining.  Today one was perched on a wire, then swooped down to the grass and grabbed something, then brought it up to the nest.  I couldn't tell what it was, but he ultimately decided he didn't need it so flew off and dropped it on the ground.  He came back a minute later with talons full of mossy grassy stuff.

I haven't seen any evidence of young ones yet but I sure have seen them, uh, working on it...  At one of the ponds I like to visit a Bald Eagle was perched on a dead tree, upsetting another Osprey and a couple of crows.

Tree Swallow bein cute and stuff

We walked up to the river where not much was going on...

The walk back home was pretty good... We came across this cute kitty that Jake desperately wanted to be friends with (friends obsessively lick each other, right?)...

The kitty looked pretty small and rather young, if anyone wants to go catch it and be its friend for real.  There are no houses around this area, only hotels and fast food, so not sure how it ended up there. 

Back along 122nd we found about half a dozen Western Tanagers flying around while Black-headed Grosbeaks serenaded them...

Good times!


  1. Great series of photos, Jen! I love the eagle shots and the Osprey. The Western Tanager and the Black headed Grosbeak are beautiful birds. Looks like a great outing, happy birding!

  2. Dang nice shot of the Tanager and the cutesie birds. That cat looks mighty grumpy too, good luck to Jake.

  3. Can you please put up more gopro videos from your dog's collar? I loved that one you did on the beach with the ball. Just a suggestion!

  4. Wow, your fans are getting demanding (Birdnerd) :) Love the Tanager shot. I have heard them twice on neighborhood dog walks, but none in the yard yet.

    1. I only meant if she didnt have photos to share she could always share dog videos! Or should she start the I Used to Hate Dogs blog for that?

    2. Hmm, I like the idea, but I never hated dogs! Dog was my first word!

  5. I am still waiting for a killer view of a tanager this year. I love your shot.

  6. Great pix as always, sounds like a fun day! Love the Eagle :o)

  7. Super tanager and BHG-Beak shots!! My Mom was spazzing out on the phone so excited she saw the Lazuli Bunting yesterday in their CO yard!


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