Last week Jacob and I went up to Ridgefield to look for a reported Harris's Sparrow in the rain. He found it easily.
Yesss! This was Clark County bird #200 for me, and Jacob's life bird #299. Exciting numbers.
The sparrow was hanging out with mostly Golden-crowneds but also this funky Purple Finch:
There were other fun birds around like a flock of 50 Wilson's Snipes and this sneaky American Bittern.
We saw some geese fly and I noticed one had a red neck band. I took a ton of photos of it with hopes of being able to read the band. Success!
Another photo showed the rest of the code and I sent it off to the Bird Banding Lab that day. By evening I had details on the bird (so much faster than they used to be!).
At least 8 years old! Pretty cool.
After Ridgefield I asked if we could make a stop on the way home and Jacob agreed despite being super sick. I had snooped in his eBird account and saw he needed a couple birds for the county that were at Vancouver Lake. We only found one, a Western Grebe. I took the long way back along Old Lower River Road to scan the Cackling Goose flocks for rarities. I had been thinking Brant, but instead we found a Ross's Goose!
After about fifteen minutes of watching it they all took flight.
Such a great bird for Jacob's 300th! Yay!
The next day we were out running errands and I suggested a stop at Wintler Park to see if goldeneyes had returned. Indeed they had, and at least one male Barrow's was in the mix.
I think this was a 5MR year bird for me but not sure because eBird is down for maintenance.
Oh! Since this is a Clark County post I just remembered some photos of squirrels I took at Jacob's house last month. There were a couple interacting that I assume were mother/baby but they kept licking each other and running around like crazy. It went on for hours.
Squirrels are weird. Good times!!