This was probably a county bird for me, as my only previous sighting was a sketchy backlit bird at Ridgefield my first year of birding.
On a sunny day earlier this month I walked to Meadowbrook Marsh Park to work on my motorless list, adding only Green-winged Teal and Pied-billed Grebe, but also my first motorless rough-skinned newt!
Local birders had seen a Black Phoebe around Vancouver Lake Park recently and I tried for it a couple times unsuccessfully. There are plenty of birds to entertain there though.
Over the last couple of months there have been some reports of a Glaucous Gull at the transfer station on Old Lower River Road (known officially as West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center). I tried for this bird close to ten times I think, once lucking out with my county Brant in a nearby field. Finally on Friday it was there, standing on the roof like it was supposed to be.
Even with this view I didn't feel 100% confident and had to have it confirmed by Seagull Steve. Of course it was indeed the Glaucous and it became my third county bird for the year!
I have hit up Steigerwald Lake NWR a couple times this month which has helped the county year list. One day I took Ralph for a walk on the dike trail, hoping for an early Say's Phoebe or something but instead finally found a Common Loon.
I made the mistake of telling Jacob that Common Loons are super common in the Columbia and that I was surprised he hadn't seen one in Clark County before. Then we spent two months never seeing a Common Loon despite birding a ton. Finally this bird saved the day, and even stuck around till yesterday when Jacob and I went back to Steigerwald.
A few more birds from my walk with Ralph:
On yesterday's walk at Steigerwald we managed to enjoy sunshine much of the time, with one major but quick-to-pass downpour followed by a sweet rainbow.
This rainbow made swallows appear from thin air, even ones that eBird was not pleased with like a couple of early Violet-greens.
One more bird-related thing to share: a Red-tailed Hawk. Recently when birding I heard a bell sound and looked to see a Red-tailed Hawk fly by with bells jingling. My first thought was that it had eaten the cat wearing a bell I had recently seen. When it landed I could see that it actually had bells attached to its legs indicating it's a falconer's bird.
It's possible the falconer was nearby, taking the bird out for a training session, but I have my fingers crossed the bird escaped and is going to enjoy a life of freedom.
Oh yeah, one more bird. Another Sharp-shinned Hawk showed up in the yard yesterday morning.
That's it for now. Good times!!