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Those silly youngsters … (Hillsboro, OR, 10/19/14)

Posted by birdmeister on October 20, 2014

On Sunday, 10/19/2014, these young Barn Owl were perched eye-level on a small ledge, smack out in the open, at the Intel Jones Farm campus. They are a little smarter on work days and blend in nicely with the foliage (well, not for much longer …).


But wait, this doesn’t quite make sense! Why are there 3 feet?!?


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Young female Williamson’s Sapsucker (09/28/14, Sisters, OR)

Posted by birdmeister on September 29, 2014

I stopped in Sisters this afternoon coming back from Malheur NWR. I easily got my targets: Pinyon Jay, White-headed Woodpecker and Pygmy Nuthatch. While looking through a massive amount of birds on the east side of N Lafollete St (just north of the Railway traffic circle), I came across a pure Red-breasted Sapsucker and this young female Williamson’s Woodpecker. Neither are normally seen in Sisters around the Heavenly Acres.



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The Hammond Elegant Terns (9/13/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on September 14, 2014

The Elegant Terns at the Hammond Boat Basin continue to impress. Today over 100 birds were on the pilings on the river just outside the harbor.




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An AZ trip with no pictures (8/29-9/1/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on September 14, 2014

Yet another superb AZ trip netting:

  • 3 Zone-tailed Hawks¬†(2 at Proctor Rd, 1 over Speedway Blvd in Tucson)
  • Northern Waterthrush (north end of Silverbell Lake in Tucson)
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove (Red Rock feedlot)
  • Juvie Elegant Trogon at Proctor Rd
  • Plain-capped Starthroat (Madera Canyon), Lucifer Hummingbird (Ash Canyon B&B), Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Paton’s, Ramsey Canyon)
  • Singing Cassin’s, Botteri’s, Rufous-winged, Grasshopper, Rufous-crowned, Black-throated Sparrows
  • Lark Buntings at several places
  • Late-ish Thick-billed Kingbird (Patagonia Roadside Area), Buff-breasted FC (Hunter Canyon), Sulphur-bellied FC (8 in Hunter Canyon)
  • 2 Stilt Sandpipers, 1 juvie Short-billed Dowitcher, TKs, Scaled Quail in Willcox
  • Bronzed Cowbirds (Paton’s and Red Rock feedlot)
  • Virginia’s Warbler in with lots of Nashville’s at Hunter Canyon

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Burrowing Owls (Othello, WA, 07/27/14)

Posted by birdmeister on July 28, 2014

Several Burrowing Owls were along Lemaster Rd between Cunningham and Lee just east of Othello. This was the highlight of my trip!




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A trip to Poland (05/22-06/02/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on June 6, 2014

I spend 9 days in Northeast Poland recently, focusing on the Bialowieza forest and the Biebrza marshes. The total number of species was relatively low with 135, yet there were many really cool ones, like White-backed Woodpecker, Great Snipe, Grasshopper and River Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and Red-breasted Flycatcher.

Penduline Tit

The trip report in all its glory is here:

While I did take a few pictures, the overall quality is pretty low this time. Don’t know why really, maybe I’m still burnt out.


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