This morning brought more snow to Portland. What a weird winter it has been! First we had all that snow in December. Then, flooding came in January. Once February came, Spring seemed to be here. And now, more snow.
Today I saw a gull by our house that pretty much exactly matched this picture in my field guide. It had the same tail and it had the heavy beak and head. It also had the same pink legs and the pale grey colour. The picture shows a glaucous x herring gull. Do you think that was what it was?
YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST SAW A WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH ON A TREE IN OUR YARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'VE WAITED 6 MONTHS AND 8 DAYS FOR THIS BIRD AND HERE IT IS !!!! I just can't believe it! Wait, ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?!? That's a red breasted sapsucker! Another bird I have never seen. I just can't believe it!
On Feb. 7 we went to the Raptor Road Trip on Sauvie Island! When we got there we drove past some cormorants near the Sauvie Island bridge. Then we got some information and set out right away to the first viewing spot. Upon arriving at the first place the first thing we saw as soon as we got out of our car was a flock of sandhill cranes!
At the top of the hill we saw two adult bald eagles and their nest, tundra swans and a couple other birds such as jays. Then, on to the second viewing spot. I've never seen so many snow geese in my life! There must have been thousands of them all making a HUGE racket! Between the places there must have been a raptor on every other tree! I've never seen so many eagles, hawks and other raptors!
On our walk up to the third and final viewing spot, we saw more cranes, geese, an eagle, two harriers and some others. When we arrived at the end of the trail we were surprised to see Laura, (aka Birdnerd) from Laura goes birding! She told us that earlier they saw a prairie falcon tear apart a bird :-0! Then we saw another bald eagle, more cranes, a yellow rumped warbler, a downy woodpecker, and some more Canada geese. After a little while we headed back to our car and made our way back to check out the Audubon's Society's education birds.
So that was the story of our trip around the viewing spots. I will tell the rest of the story with some pictures.
This bald eagle was right next to the road.
This was taken through my new binoculars - a bald eagle in its nest.
These were sandhill cranes at viewing spot #3.
Hazel the northern spotted owl - one of Audubon's education birds.