Birding This Week

I stepped out into the fog earlier this week with my camera – ready to capture what I could see in the misty soup.  I saw the usual suspects, with the bird of the day being a Savannah Sparrow.  Joey and I walked along the Multnomah Channel in the morning, about a mile from the marina where I reside.  It was a quick trip, there and back on Tuesday.

This morning, Friday, we went over to what is commonly called Scappoose Bottoms – a paved road/trail by the airport here.  I believe it to be one of the better birding hotspots in the state – and only a couple of miles from me.  Here I saw 36 species of birds – which included new ones for the year:  Rough-legged Hawk, Fox Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a very cute Chestnut-backed Chickadee.  My camera battery died right after I arrived, but I did get some shots of the hawks and a few ducks.  Here it is January 9, 2015, and I’m at 52 species for the year.  It’s a good start.

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Double-crested Cormorant

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Common Merganser

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Savannah Sparrow

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Joey ~ he enjoys going birding too.

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Rough-legged Hawk

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Northern Harrier in front of Mt. Saint Helens

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American Wigeon

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Dark-eyed Junco

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