Monday, November 13, 2017

Clark County.

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. 

Broughton Beach background

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.




 Secret handshake

 Feed me.




Squirrels are weird.  Good times!!

7 comments:

  1. Good winter birding. Props on 200...is Clark your future county? I just broke the 200 barrier in my new home county. The road to 300 is long and filled with terrors.

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    1. Yep, future county. The #1 eBirder in Clark has 232 eBirds. All-time. I think the road to 300 for me would be filled with more than terrors.

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    2. But the road to #1 in Clark is short and sweet!

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  2. Squirrels are awesome! Squirrel fingers are weird! Congrats on the nice round numbers. I am sitting at 198 for my home county and the suspense is killing me.

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    1. Ooooh 198. Hope you get a couple before the year ends!

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  3. Love the squirrely action...and hip hip hooray on your 200 in your soon to be new patch, looks like Jacob is the guy to beat there! I just want to make 500 before I pass to the next chapter of living forever....I really have to get busy.

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