I was itching to get out somewhere drier than Portland on Friday and decided to revisit Conboy Lake NWR up in Washington.
Most of my time was spent on the Willard Springs trail where birds were busy with babies and eating and all the usual spring time stuff.
It did not take me long to find this sapsucker's nest as its babies were super loud. I watched both parents bring food and one do a little tidying up.
Not far from the sapsucker nest a crew of young House Wrens hopped around on some down branches. Meep meep.
The forested part of the trail was filled with more birds and a pleasant sprinkling of columbine and honeysuckle.
I decided to turn around at the overlook, where not much of interest was happening. I almost left but then remembered to do a final scan and found a small herd of elk with young. Horrible photos here is one anyway:
There were a few little orchids along the trail that I *think* are phantom orchids, though not anywhere near positive.
Back in the meadow area an Eastern Kingbird was collecting nesting material.
Nearby Western Bluebirds were tending to a nest box, one of the only ones not taken over by Tree Swallows.
Near the beginning of the trail I was hoping for another shot at photographing a Calliope Hummingbird. It did not work out like I wanted, but I did see some fun behavior. A female Common Yellowthroat was hopping around a shrub with a mouthful of bugs and the Calliope was not pleased. The hummer would dive at her, hover in front of her, and she would just sit there.
The hummer gave up after awhile and I left. Driving out the entrance road I caught sight of a White-headed Woodpecker working a tree in the burned area.
I drove around some of the farm roads before heading home and found a few more fun birds.
This bluebird child was initially standing about ten feet from its dead sibling in the road. I yelled to it "have you learned nothing?!"
Lastly, a cowbird riding on the back of a cow.
That's about it for Conboy Lake. My full eBird checklist here. It's less than 2 hours from Portland with plenty of fun birds to see. Good times!!