Recent birds.

I'm stoked that spring is finally here and some new birds have been showing up around town.  I stopped by Force Lake the other day to see some recent arrivals mingling with the regulars...

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Can you find all seven species in this photo?

Spotted Towhee

 Western Scrub-Jay

 Yesterday morning as I was walking down the driveway with the dogs, I looked up to see a pair of Osprey.  They came down and circled right over my house before heading straight to their nest at the local high school.  I swear they just stopped by to say hi and tell me they were back.

I checked some other nests along our dog walk route that had been used by Osprey before, but only found these guys...

I'm curious how the Osprey will feel about this.  My first stop on this walk was the Columbia Slough trail at 138th by the Costco where the Hinkles recently noted a Hairy Woodpecker.  I heard drumming almost immediately and traced the sound to a tree where I found two male Downys.  I did my best to turn this one into a Hairy but ultimately failed...

Back on the east side of 138th along the slough trail are some awesome huge Oregon grape and flowering currant shrubs. 

Anna's Hummingbirds

Along the Columbia Slough trail by 162nd I found some more good birds...

Orange-crowned Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee nest excavation

 Hutton's Vireo

Both Audubon's and Myrtle Warblers were at the 162nd Ave Water Quality Facility...

Yesterday's walk added three birds to my motorless list- up to 93 for the year from walking only!  Good times!!


  1. Solid stuff Jen, though I'm embarrassed to say I only picked up 6 species in your waterfowl menagerie.

  2. hit the jackpot on the new arrivals!! I could only find 5 species in the pond---- what are the other 2? Great Photos Jen!!

    1. Yeah, it was a tricky photo for sure! Top row: Greater Scaup, Redhead, Canvasback. Second (kind of) row: Coot, Bufflehead. Third row: hiding Northern Shoveler. Fourth row: Mallards.

  3. Great variety of birds and sightings.. The geese on the Osprey nest is different! Happy Birding!

  4. I've seen Canada Geese using old Osprey nests in Montana. I'd love to watch the goslings take the big leap!

  5. Your duck group shot is the best! I had to zoom it and finally found the seventh sneaky girl with the big bill ;)

    1. I didn't even see her when I took the photo.


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