It's been another long emotional month in 2020. I have barely blogged because really I don't know what to say beyond the obvious (or what should be obvious): Black lives matter and wear a fucking mask.
Our Lincoln City neighbors
At least there are still birds to look at. At the beginning of June a Glaucous Gull was still lingering on the beach here despite everyone celebrating the reopening of the beaches.
'mericans love driving on the beach
Baby birds have been happening this month, starting with baby robins.
West Devils Lake Road
Young Hairy Woodpeckers have been around the neighborhood and our yard.
West Devils Lake boardwalk
Dad was always leading the young male around (backyard)
A couple times this month I had to return to Vancouver for vet appointments for the mutts. On one occasion I went birding at the end of Lower River Road and heard a young Great Horned talking. I was looking up at it when I stumbled upon its parent feeding on a dead rabbit on the ground.
One morning I opened the blinds in Lincoln City to find a Virginia tiger moth staring back at me. Very cute.
Another morning I looked outside and saw a Willow Flycatcher flying around the backyard. Super weird yard bird, possibly attracted by the new water feature Jacob built.
In case you are curious, here is said water feature in its current state:
More rocks and plants to be added but so far the birds like it.
Later that day I went over to the Lincoln City sewage ponds where the most exciting thing was a nest full of baby Black Phoebes.
The parents were hanging out nearby.
Waterfowl was limited to the most common birds and their kids.
A flyover Peregrine was nice, along with my county year Red-shouldered Hawk.
I checked the phoebe nest on my way out and it was cuter.
The yard has been stuffed with young chickadees and nuthatches this month.
The Violet-green Swallows claimed this nest box months ago but only in the last few days have I heard babies inside. They sound almost exactly like the adults.
Dark-eyed Juncos and White-crowned Sparrows brought their babies around this month though the White-crowneds had to work a little harder.
Brown-headed Cowbird baby in addition to three White-crowned babies
Lastly, a couple nights ago Jacob and I went up to the clearcuts across the lake from us to see some nighthawks. We picked a new spot that turned out great- a shorter walk and excellent views.
That's about it for the month. Hope your June was filled with baby birds too!