Tuesday I saw my first of season Rufous hummingbird!! Since then two males have become daily visitors to are feeders along with the Annas hummers. The Rufous seem a lot smaller than the Annas. This little guy was really thirsty!
Yesterday on a trip down to Newberg I had a great birding day, (even if it was only birding from the car). On the way to our destination we saw 1 steller jay, 3 chickadee, 1 robin, 1 western bluebird, 8 red-tailed hawks, 4 kestrels, 8 violet green swallows, 1 starling and 2 mourning dove. On the way back I got two life birds! I spotted a merlin perched on top of a tree! That was a life bird for me! Then, as we were driving past Greenway park, the unexpected happend. A male ring - necked pheasent flew over our car! What a surprise to see so many birds and life birds just from your car! What a day!
The first day of spring brought the best day ever at Koll wetlands!! Upon getting there we saw the most birds that I've ever seen at the wetlands! Everywhere you looked there were ducks, geese, shorebirds, hawks, swallows, coots, warblers, herons, you name it!
Greenway park is flooded. When it floods here it brings the ducks, geese, herons, etc. closer in. We got a nice surprise when we found a group of violet green swallows flying in the air and catching bugs. Swallows are common in the park but not at this time of year.
Anyway these are some of the birds that came in from the wetlands and maybe some other places.
Western Canada geese.
Cackling goose (left).
Gadwalls (left) and mallard (right).
Look how high the creek is!
See the little whirl-pools?
You can't even see the beaver dam!
A pair of American wigeon (left) and a green winged teal (right).