October 22, 2014

Netarts Bay Coastal Trip

This is my second annual trip to the coast in October. Maggie came along too this time. She was excited to smell some sea birds and the stinky cattle of Tillamook.

At Pacific Oyster we watched Cormorants, Black Turnstones, Caspian Terns, and on the third visit we saw two Elegant Terns. Grebes were present and so were Dunlin and more.

The weather was unsettled most of the trip, but overall we managed to dodge showers.


Hundreds of Brown Pelicans were in Netarts Bay and the best views were at a boat landing.








We stumbled upon a new park near the sewage treatment ponds in Bay City. Kilchis Point Reserve is 200 acres of woodland trail that goes out to the bay. Park info can be found here. It's dog friendly and beautifully developed. The trail work was impressive. It is still being built so some areas required boots in the rainy weather. They were moving gravel when we were there.



On the day we discovered it we only walked a short ways and spent half an hour there. We returned the next day to walk the 1 mile out to the bay. We totaled 28 species on our visits. With a scope we might have seen more at the bay. It has the potential to be a great birding spot.



There were lots of Newts everywhere, but none would pose for me.


At the end of the trail:

Oceanside:


October 14, 2014

County Birding Update


We recently went out to Dawson Creek to see the Mandarin Duck that has been reported. Torn as to whether or not its a "real" county bird, we decided to count it since we are using e-bird for our listing and e-bird lets us count it. We saw the boring female back in some cattails. Bird #175.

 There isn't a Mandarin Duck in this photo.


Yesterday at Hagg Lake:

Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Surf Scoter, and FINALLY #181: a Peregrine Falcon.

On the way home we saw two giant flocks of Cackling Geese. We estimated 5000 in this flock. I wish my collage could do it justice. (click on it to enlarge)




Only 2 1/2 months left!

October 06, 2014

Sounds from my backyard






I was excited to hear this Red-breasted Sapsucker in my backyard today. The goldfinches added a nice background.


September 23, 2014

Lookout Mountain- Hawk Watching

Lookout Mountain in Hood River County was a great hawk watching spot yesterday. We arrived around 11:30am and hiked up the short trail to the top. Over a few hours we saw 38 individual raptors and 26 species of birds.


A beautiful view of Mt. Hood from our stake out.



Lichens at 6500'.




A number of Ravens put on a good show and escorted raptors through the valley. They often alerted us to a new bird on the way.

We counted 11 Sharp-shinned Hawks.



By 3:30 clouds started moving in and the temperature dropped.



This little guy had quite the panoramic view from his hide-y hole.

September 07, 2014

Commonwealth Lake














We saw a number of Green Herons this morning, but this one was right out in the open and tolerant of us and our cameras. After about 180 photos I narrowed it down to these 9 to share. I enjoyed seeing the sequence of him eating a water bug which at the time I didn't realize was happening. The birding was a bit quiet otherwise, but it was late morning.