July 21, 2014

Summer Birds and Dragonflies

Birding is slow during the hot summer days. I have been enjoying the action in my backyard though. I have at least two Rufous Hummingbirds that have taken over my yard and claimed it as theirs. The flowers are in full bloom and most of the time another bird or two can sneak in and get a sip of nectar when they aren't looking. I rigged up a perch in the main flower patch for the hummer to keep watch from.



Chickadee families are frequenting the suet feeder throughout the day.



Yesterday I was at Jacobson-Croeni Ponds looking around. I was hoping to do some dragonflying, but instead of sunshine it was cloudy and the dragonflies weren't out. The bird action was slow, but the best part was hearing a couple of juvenile Virginia Rails calling.





Then we went over to Dawson Creek to look for dragonflies...still too cloudy and cool. There were Wood Duck babies out though.


Today I went to my patch when it warmed up and found lots of dragonflies. I could look all these up and name them, but I have learned that I just forget them by next summer so I give up. I really enjoy seeing all the diversity in this super urban patch of wetland.










July 06, 2014

Summertime

In the backyard:::









At Ridgefield NWR:::





That Raccoon has the right idea.

June 15, 2014

Wa County Wetland Sounds



June 15, 2014- Washington County, Oregon wetlands. Red-winged Blackbird fledglings and adults, Common Yellowthroat, Black-headed Grosbeak.

June 10, 2014

Mt. Adams



















Sunday we visited the Trout Lake area and tootled around in the woods looking for birds. And bugs. The birds up there are great. I did one recording which is kind of noisy, but I sure like the raven.



May 29, 2014

Bullfrogs- a recording



Here is my very first edited recording. I recorded this with a free phone app and edited it. I have more to share once I master this editing thing.

May 27, 2014

Back to the Mountains

Yesterday we drove back up to the edge of Washington County and the Coast Range. We stopped at Gales Creek Campground first.

This Wilson's Warbler seemed to be displaying for a potential mate.


Then we headed up Storey Burn Road. Note: lots of people go out there to shoot guns on holidays. Yea. I'm going to blame that on why we could not see a single one of the mystery warblers singing all around us.


Best part of the day: Watching a Hairy Woodpecker (county bird #155) pair feeding hatchlings in their nest cavity.




Back at home the yard is a bit quiet. Here are some recent photos: