Monday, August 8, 2011
Mid-summer Bird Photos
Birding friend Marilyn and I watched on July 31 as a parent Osprey fed one of the nearly-ready-to-fledge chicks in a nest near Willamina. Four big birds were a lot for one nest!
On my way home from the feed store on August 3rd, I visited The Narrows on Coville Rd. at Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge and saw the lovely Pacific Golden Plover that had been spotted there. Birder Joel Geier pointed it out to me.
Also at The Narrows were preening White Pelicans and a ruffled Great Egret (along with several unruffled.) On another road within the refuge I found this Horned Lark.
Back at home, two Belted Kingfishers have been flying around our pond making a terrific racket for two days. I have no idea why. Here is one after it settled down.
Mama California Quail guards her five surviving (as of Aug. 8) chicks. I think this group started with nine. A Cooper's Hawk tried today, Aug. 8, for one of them but they escaped into the bushes in time.
Birding friends from Tillamook, Barbara and John, joined me today for a trip to Baskett Slough with stops along the way. At a stop near Sheridan we found this Green Heron.
There were at least six lovely Great Egrets at The Narrows (along with many Dowitchers, Yellowlegs, a Red-necked Phalarope, Western Sandpipers and other unphotographed-by-me birds). We found a very cooperative Horned Lark on Livermore Road but none of my photos came out very well. I'm happy with this Egret, though, reflected in water at The Narrows.