You all should check out Sondra from South Carolina's Birdathon post from last month! She joined my team, the Bloggerhead Shrikes, and had an awesome day of birds I can only dream about. Not only does she include photos of a Summer Tanager, an Anhinga, and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, but also a video of a gator!! Go now!
Yesterday I walked the dogs along the Frenchman's Bar trail in Vancouver. It was warm and tame but a there were a few highlights...
A Swainson's Thrush was being followed by a vocal young bird that did not strike me as a young thrush. I never got a good look at it, besides this quick photo:
Perhaps if the thrush had read this helpful information, it would not have had to spend so much time plucking snow berries for this young nuisance. Unless of course I am wrong and that is actually a young Swainson's Thrush.
The Osprey nest in the river has been successful with two healthy-looking young birds in the nest. Last year I watched the same nest with two healthy-looking young birds. Unfortunately those birds did not live to adulthood because of dickwads and fishing line.
So, how are you guys at identifying underwater creatures? My friend and I spent Saturday submerged in the Clackamas River, watching strange critters. There were lots of shells of stoneflies on the rocks...
Underwater there were critters that covered themselves in pine needles and critters that covered themselves in tiny rocks and sand. I read that stoneflies lay their eggs underwater and their nymphs are aquatic. Is this related? I know little about these critters, please share your wisdom.
Also. This guy was cute:
This spot on the Clackamas was recommended as a more mellow spot on this fast-moving river. I've been to worse spots, danger-wise, but this was no safe swimming hole. We found spots where we could wade in and stay cool, though, and the views were lovely.
What else, what else... Oh! There's a new bird book in town!
It's a fun little book, especially because it's geared towards birds in the northwest. So many kids books are filled with cardinals and Blue Jays, but here we have Steller's Jays and Varied Thrushes. The woman that put this book together founded the Friends of Force Lake and loves our local birds. If you know a kid that could use a book, I would definitely recommend this one! It can be found at Powells.com, or that other online book retailer.
Ok, I think that's it.