January 21, 2015

Weekend Birds

The weather was sunny for a couple of days so it was perfect for getting out and taking some photos! At the OES Wetlands this hummer found some concrete to lick. I guess there are minerals in it that it wanted?

Jackson Bottom was flooded! The water is so high that you can hardly see the wooden blind in the middle of the photo.

Someone told us the Northern Shrike had just been seen over by the CWS buildings so we walked over there. We couldn't find the shrike, but we got sidetracked taking photos of the moss on this wall with our cell phones.

One path was open to the middle viewing shelter and as we scanned the flooded park, the Northern Shrike flew in for a brief appearance.

We moved on to Dawson Creek for some nice sunshiney photography. The ducks are always cooperative there.

The perfect birding pace.

January 15, 2015

Bishop's Close

At Bishop's Close in SW Portland things are starting to bloom already. This garden is really nice in the late winter - spring.

Downy Woodpecker at Milwaukie Water Treatment plant.

January 06, 2015

Commonwealth Lake

 The Green Herons were as cooperative as ever for photos. The photo above is for scale. Can you see the heron?

 Most of the expected ducks were accounted for.

 And the cutest Pied-billed Grebe you will ever find.

This yawning gull was bored with it all.

January 03, 2015

Gorge-ous Ice

The cold weather made for some beautiful ice in the Columbia River Gorge. The roads were clear so we headed out there to take some photos.

The first stop was Latourell Falls.

The spray from the falls made the path so icy that you would need crampons to continue so we stopped here to enjoy the view.

At Wahkeena Falls I got out my macro lens for shots of ice around the creek. I want to go back and do more of that!

Next stop: Multnomah Falls

At the parking lot there were more macro lens opportunities with all the ice on the cliff side.

On our waterfall tour, the last stop was Horsetail Falls.

Unfortunately, I didn't bring my bird lens. We stopped at Government Cove and found a Mountain Chickadee, but managed to get one shot of it anyhow.

I was temped to net him and bring him back to my yard in Washington County. I refrained.