March 04, 2013

Cooper Mtn & WA County


Anna's Hummingbird collecting lichens for a nest















I started the morning at Cooper Mountain Nature Park. The birds are starting to vocalize and interact more. I ended the day out in Washington County farmland. Somewhere in the middle I managed to get my peas planted in my veggie garden. And today is another sunny day!

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  1. Fantastic photos ! Yup spring is on it's way here as the Geese are making their spring flights and the back yard birds are now singing their happy spring songs ! Have a good day !

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  2. You found my wren! Aaaand a bluebird. :)

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    1. You know I think of that park as "our place" <3

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  4. Is that first bird a Hutton's Vireo? It has that thick beak and sure looks vireo-esque. Love those bluebirds! And those green tuber things too- what is that? Super cool.

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    1. Yes, Hutton's! They were singing all over the place. Green tubers? I guess you mean the lichens. Not sure what they are called. Guess I need another field guide :)

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    2. Ha I don't even know what tubers are. I think I just meant tubes but tubers sounded right. I don't know what I'm talking about half the time.

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  5. I was liking Cassin's Vireo because of the spectacled look and gray upperparts.

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    1. but now google images has me confused...maybe both of them have the whitish across the top of the bill. And the fact that it's kinda early for Cassins?

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    2. Yeah Rhett pointed out to me once that Hutton's are kind of spectacled-looking also.

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    3. I was told my a experienced birder that Huttons were present singing there on Saturday. I heard a song I didn't know, watched, then saw them. I was not certain I would know them from Kinglets, but that song is very distinct. I just listened to their song on Cornell and it was definitely a Hutton's. Gosh I like all this talk about my lil ole bird :)

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  6. Great photos! We were at CMNP yesterday and heard MANY Hutton's. And I think the "tubers" are False Pixie Cups, Cladonia chlorophaea. Plants of the Pacific NW Coast, Pojar and MacKinnon p 501 (I already have the field guide =)

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