Recent adventures closer to home.


It's been a weirdly dry January here, which is freaky but also allows for lots of outdoor wanderings.  Last week I went up to Ridgefield in bright sunshine one day...

Northern Harrier

 American Bittern

 A possum failed to heed this warning...


...and got chopped in half.


On the way home I stopped by Marine Park in Vancouver to look for the reported Tufted Duck.


I found him easily, strongly backlit but relatively close to shore...


Over the weekend my friend and I went looking for an abandoned barn near Vernonia.  Never found it but found lots of other fun stuff. 


This old train trestle provided lots of good potential for exploring.  A path of planks just below the tracks was extremely tempting to follow, but given how weak some of the wood felt we both wussed out.


These crazy shroomy things were on a stick on the tracks in the above photo...


Along a creek in the town of Vernonia I found a hunk of kingfisher including some awesome feathers...


And nearby, these tracks:


Raccoon?  A few days ago I took the dogs out to Sauvie Island to help me look for a reported Rough-legged Hawk and a Swamp Sparrow.  Missed the hawk but found the sparrow and a strangely curious cormorant on Rentenaar Road...


Stoked!  Only my third Swamp Sparrow ever.  And the dogs were stoked for some beach time afterwards...


Good times!!!