December 20, 2014

Forgotten Photos

I found a few forgotten photos from last weekend. We made a trip up to South Saddle Mountain, the highest point in the county. We were dreaming of finding rosy-finch, but instead found strong winds and not a single bird. Oh well. The sunshine-y clear views were nice. We were able to see Adams, Hood, Jefferson, and the Three Sisters.

Next stop was Half Mile Lane. The wind was picking up there, but we got nice views of some Lincoln's Sparrow. This is a spot we hadn't visited this time of year, so it was nice to check it out.

Tomorrow is the Forest Grove Christmas Bird Count. The forecast is for lots and lots of rain. Ugh. We are scouring a sector of Hagg Lake. Hopefully we will turn up a new county bird or two for our year list.

November 30, 2014

In the Backyard

Another White-throated Sparrow has been visiting.

I've been seeing the Slate-colored Junco on and off. Juncos are the most abundant bird in my yard these days.

On Thanksgiving Day I had an intergrade Northern Flicker visit.

I got a new hummer feeder that suctions onto the window. I have it set up about three feet from my yard viewing chair at eye level. Each morning they sips their nectar while I sip my coffee. Both of my hummer feeders have been super busy lately.

November 11, 2014

Exploring Hagg Lake (again)

Yesterday we went back to Hagg Lake. I was hoping to add three more species to my county big year list, but I only got one more. That darn Eared Grebe just won't cooperate!

County bird #182 was a Greater Scaup that I didn't get that 'great' of a look at. Looking at birds three miles (I'm exaggerating) away with a scope is pretty ridiculous. I am learning what kind of birder I really am.

 me and the scope

Owls must be hanging out under the gazebo overlook because there were some big pellets in there. There was also a dead flicker hanging from the rafters which seemed really odd. Unlike some bloggers, I will refrain from posting a photo of the carcass. You know who you are :)

The best part of the trip for me, besides the sunshine was the plethora of fungi! There were so many juicy and alien species popping up in the woodland.

(a lichen)

We learned this is Helvella crispa. The common name of Elfin Saddle is so much more fun though.

Elsewhere mushrooms have been popping us and here are a few I photographed.

And a gall for good measure.

November 06, 2014

More of my backyard Cooper's Hawk

This youngster keeps hanging around. Chickadees were buzzing all around him and not happy with his presence, but he just perched in the crabapple tree while I took advantage of the great photo opp.

November 03, 2014

Backyard Cooper's Hawk

For the last week or so a Cooper's Hawk has been hanging around.  One minute all the birds are active and feeding at the feeders and the next minute it is dead quiet. Today I looked and the window and saw this. He was looking below the feeder in the shrubs for Juncos. I don't think he got lucky this time.

Yesterday I kept hearing a call from the neighbor's apple tree.  It took me a while to locate the sound I was hearing and it was fun to learn it was the hawk. Listen for an Anna's Hummingbird on the recording too.