Giving the people what they want...

Well, it's become apparent that all you guys want is camera trap shots and dead stuff, so here's a dead scrub-jay and a brand new tab up top linking to my new sister blog, Jen's Camera Trap.

The camera trap blog is not too exciting yet, but thought I would try to show the various setups so you can point out all the errors and make me a better camera trapper. 

In the dead stuff category, I also have this skeleton I found when I took down my rotting shed in the backyard this weekend:

I also found a giant brown rat that I am guessing arrived around the time my neighbors moved in with chickens.  With the shed gone I was hoping the rat would move on but instead it has taken to burrowing all over the backyard.  Yay.

Anyway.  Most of my birding lately has revolved around scoping shorebirds, which doesn't really lend itself to great photos.  But I'll see what I can dig up for you here.

Red-necked Phalarope, Sauvie Island

 My only Cassin's Vireo this year, Larch Mountain

 Not my only Yellow-rumped this year, Larch Mountain

 Best buddies: Canada Goose, Greater White-fronted Geese, domestic Mallard, regular Mallards

 American Kestrel, Ridgefield NWR

Cinnamon Teal, Ridgefield NWR

 Dude just won a Hands on a Hard Body contest

 Long-billed Dowitcher, Ridgefield NWR

 Local rarity:  White-faced Ibis, Ridgefield NWR

 Dumb baby Steller's Jay, playing on the railroad tracks, Ridgefield NWR

Hope to get my camera trap back out there soon- stay tuned!  Good times!


  1. Hahaha. I forgot about that Hands on a Hard Bidy documentary. Awesome stuff.

  2. WHAT IS THE SKELETON? poor thing looked like it died of fright!! I want so bad to rip down my old shed but its full to the brim with treasure!! Did you get a new shed?
    Kool sighting of the white faced Ibis!!

    1. I'm not sure what the skeleton is- possum or cat or something? I didn't get a new shed- all I kept in this one was the dogs' kiddie pool, which fits easily in the garage.


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