A few locals (Washington Co, OR, 09/26/09)

Made a run through some select spots in the county. Nothing out of the ordinary. This leaves plenty of time for shooting pictures.

Stop1: Cooper Mountain Nature Park: Single Townsend’s and Orange-crowned Warblers, Hutton’s Vireo, singing Western Tanager, Hermit Thrush, several Western Bluebirds and a pair of Purple Finches were the highlights.




Stop2: Jackson Bottom

Both yellowlegs (mostly Lesser) and many Long-billed Dowitchers were present on the mudflats on the southern edge of the big pond.

Stop3: Fernhill Wetlands

The Sabine’s Gull has left. 2 White Pelican are still lingering.

Stop4: UJ Hamby Park, Emma Jones Nature Preserve

Yesterday’s Yellow Warbler at Emma Jones has departed, only Yellow-rumpeds remain. UJ Hamby had a Swainson’s Thrush. Goldfinches are plentiful at Emma Jones.



A miserable pelagic (09/19/09)

Coming back from a sub-par pelagic out of Westport, WA, I pulled into Fernhill Wetlands and soon discovered that there was a Sabine’s Gull in the middle pond.




Ok, back to the pelagic, which was sub-par to start with. Being on a high dosage of ibuprofen right now to combat an injury, my stomach was upset even before getting on the boat, was even more so while on the boat and still is, so much so that I had to abandon my nightly run tonight, one day after the pelagic. The morale of the story is: Don’t go if you aren’t 100%, or you will be miserable.

On the way to the motel, I stopped by the Tokeland Marina, but failed to find the Bar-tailed Godwit in the crowd of Marbleds. Oddly, Willet was the only tick on any list while being in WA state. It was my year list.


Here a close Marbled Godwit posing for a shot.

Newport to Florence, OR (09/10/09)

This has to be among my 3 all-time favorite birds: 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were on the deflation plain at the South Jetty near Florence. Appreciate them when you see them, there aren’t many. The world population is estimated anywhere between 10-15,000 birds.



I was surprised that the Hudsonian Godwit at the Newport Marine Center was still present at high tide early in the day.




Late in the day I missed the reported Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Basket Slough NWR.

Overall another great day.

A quick trip to NH over Labor Day 2009

NH 09/04/2009-09/08/2009 with Sam
Stayed at camp: Wildgoose Lake (off Merrill Rd; north of Northwood)

Species List (total 70):

Canada Goose
Wood Duck (Wildgoose Lake near Beaver Dam)
Common Eider (Plaice Cove)
Common Loon (Wildgoose Lake; in breeding plumage)
Horned Grebe (Plaice Cove)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite (1 ad at the end of Gonet Dr north of Newmarket, fleeting glimpse only)
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin (1 at Moore Field)
Black-bellied Plover
Semi-palmated Plover
Marbled Godwit (1 at Hampton Harbor off River St)
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper (many at Plaice Cove at high tide and Hampton Harbor)
White-rumped Sandpiper (2 at Hampton Harbor off River St)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1-2 at Moore Fields just east of UNH campus)
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern (many in Hampton harbor)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Belted Kingfisher (Wildgoose Lake)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1 calling near Mississippi Kite spot)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 juv at clearcut behind camp)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo (1 at The Island in Penacook, 1 at clearcut behind camp, 1 at Northwood Meadows SP)
Red-eyed Vireo (4 at at clearcut behind camp, 1 at The Island in Penacook, 1 at Northwood Meadows SP)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Hermit Thrush (2 at clearcut behind camp; looked like those were migrants)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula (1 at Northwood Meadows SP)
Magnolia Warbler (1 at clearcut behind camp, 1 at The Island in Penacook)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 adult male off camp road)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (3 at clearcut behind camp; a few at Northwood Meadows SP)
Pine Warbler (1 singer in Penacook)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 immature at clearcut behind camp)
Common Yellowthroat (Wildgoose Lake among others)
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
unid’ed Saltmarsh/Nelson’s Sparrow (1 at Chapman’s Landing south of Newmarket)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (1 at West Foss Farm)
Bobolink (several basic plumage birds at Moore Fields)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (2 bright males at Mississippi Kite spot)
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


-We were signed up to do a whale watch with Granite State out of Rye Harbor, but it got canceled due to waves
-Marbled Godwit is a rarity in NH, so is the breeding Mississippi Kite
-Finding migrant flocks was difficult and took a lot of calling/pishing
-Highlights: BT Blue, Buffy, White-rumped SP
-Jon joined us for a trip to the coast on 09/06
-Overall not a real birding trip, but I got some birding every day. Unfortunately I had to deal with my bad eyesight as I had wear my shot glasses due to an eye ulcer


Lots of Common Terns were in Hampton Harbor.


Black-throated Green Warblers were still relatively common in the right habitat.


This puppy Black-and-White Warbler came super close. Sharpening was not necessary for this one …


My only Northern Parula of the trip.


Red-eyed Vireos were still very common. There even was a cluster of 4 of them near camp.

American Redstart near work, Hillsboro, OR (09/01/09)

Earlier over lunch today I found an AMERICAN REDSTART at the Natural Area at the NW corner of the Intel Jones Farm campus west of the Hillsboro airport. Park at the little neighborhood park (Glencoe Creek Park aka Jones Farm Park) at the NW corner of Prahl Pkwy & NW 15th Ave and walk to the fence an the northern edge of the park. There is a little gate at the western end of the fence. Pass through the gate and walk west along the dirt 2-track. The bird was near the gate along the 2-track originally when I found it, but then moved about 80yds further west about 30min ago.  This looks like a young male to me; the upper parts of this bird were darker than I’ve ever seen them on a female. Please chime in with your opinion.

There is a sign at the gate to the Natural Area requiring to call Hillsboro Parks for permission to access. Well, I called the number on the sign and access has been granted. It is public land, just be careful since there are no maintained trails and lots of yellowjackets.