Here is a a video of the Vaux swift migration at Chapman Elementary School in September.
It was a cloudy, gloomy evening as the swifts gathered outside. The people started coming as well as the Audubon society of Portland for the swift watch.
Some of the swifts started going in the chimney a little early which was a little unusual, (I think their timing got a little thrown off by the bad weather). Despite the weather there was still plenty of birds.
There was a few Peregrine falcons flying about but not much pursuit.
All of a sudden as the swifts got to full force in came an adult Coopers Hawk! He just sat there perched on the chimney waiting very patiently for a meal. After awhile, all of a sudden he hopped down in the chimney and amazingly we got it on video!
After seeing Chickadees, Nuthatches, Hummingbirds, Pine Siskins, Goldfinches, Bushtits, Towhees, Downy Woodpeckers, a Flicker, Purple finches, House finches, Jays, Crows, Juncos, Song sparrows, Golden Crowned Sparrows, The occasional flock of Geese and even our first ever Brown creeper, we went on a walk on the Greenway trail. Here are some pictures from our walk.
A big yellow tree by the Fanno Farmhouse.
Just a pretty red tree
An abandoned beaver dam.
This is a blurry photo of a Great Blue Heron we saw.
There where a bunch of Pine Siskins Wednesday morning! They were everywhere, in fact there must have been over 20 of them in the yard at the same time! It was a big surprise because we never got any Siskins at all, we just got lots and lots of Goldfinches every day.
I did manage to get one of them on video Tuesday and that is coming soon. In the meantime good luck on the GBCO and good birding :-)
Welcome to the first post of Beaverton Bird Blog! This first post is about my birding trip to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Portland.
I saw CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEES! as well as black capped chickadees, A Song Sparrow, an Anna's hummingbird, (well, heard it at least :) ) and the place is infested with woolly bear caterpillars and red squirrels! Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me at the time so I couldn't take any pictures.
Oh well. Anyway thanks for reading the first post of Beaverton Bird Blog.