Snowpocalypse 2014.

Snow storms don't come around often here.  People don't know what to do, how to drive, or even how to walk down the street.  A lot of people just stay home.   It's rad.

It all started Wednesday when the temperatures plummeted and a chilly female Anna's Hummingbird  started pestering me to defrost the feeder.  She was taking shelter from the wind under my garage overhang, perching on my yard debris bags and sometimes my hubcap...

By yesterday morning we had several inches of snow and the wind had died down.  I took the dogs on a long and quiet walk up to the river first thing, then joined my friend for some snow-birding around town.

 Red-breasted Sapsucker

Mystery tracks

Downy Woodpecker

Broughton Beach

Common Goldeneye

Great Blue Heron

Vancouver Lake Park

Lesser Red-bellied Penguin

Brown Creeper

Lower River Road

Dark-eyed Junco, Frenchman's Bar Park

Black-capped Chickadee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Assorted sparrow tracks

As the snow picked up we decided to make one last effort for cranes, but instead found a field of Snow Geese!  In the snow!

Nice to see one of the blue geese in the mix!  A pretty perfect end to the snow day.  Good times!!  Oh and if you get bored, check out this trailer for another birding movie...


  1. Birding in the snow is pretty gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! All my photos are of feeder birds and they're blurry. Wah.

  2. Beautiful shots.
    Getting to enjoy the scenery and the birds, without the chill--this is a good way for an Arizonan to do some vicarious winter birding. Thanks Jen!

  3. It is nice to see that the west coast is getting some cold weather and snow like the east. Love the birds and scenic shots. The "penquin" is a cool sighting.. My favorite is the beautiful sapsucker. Happy Birding and have a great weekend.

  4. Nice photos! I like the Downy shots a lot. Looks like a fun adventure.

  5. Wow you got a lot of snow!!! OH that poor heron looks so cold! Its kindova cool change when snow comes around right? Love the RB-Sapsucker, we have the yellow here it doesn't have full redhead only a dot, we do get the Red Headed WP which has a lovely red head complete..
    Amazing how that rare Penguin happened along when it did, its more rare than a Bigfoot photo!

  6. Good stuff. That sapsucker kills me. I guess the eye ring is what differentiates your bird from a Greater Red-bellied Penguin?


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