This Dusky Flycatcher was in appropriate habitat along Elder Rd (just where it seems to turn east for good towards Wasco Co). The following pictures aren’t particularly sharp though.
I was incredibly lucky to see 3 Northern Pygmy-Owls from 15ft or less. 2 more were further away. 3 out of 5 also were in oak dominated habitat. My first bird along Old Dalles Rd practically landed on my head.
This a second bird, along Elder Rd.
I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at the talons of a bird straight up from where I stood.
This singing bird was at the southern terminus of Herman Ck Rd east of Cascade Locks.
Another inquisitive bird came in check out the racket that the Pygmy Owls made … This was along Elder Rd southeast of Hood River.
This evening I ventured out to Johnson Rd after work. Lots of birds and great looks.
Lots of Black-throated Grays everywhere.
This Gray Jay was very interested in my Pygmy-Owl imitation.
A few of these spectacular birds were at various locations. The grove at the end of the road is the easiest (lowest) breeding location of Hermit Warbler that I am aware of – great for a picture.
Another fresh arrival is this House Wren.
One of the easiest warbler to see and hard is the Orange-crowned Warbler. No orange crown visible on this bird.
I bet you don’t have a picture of a Purple Finch with a fruit across its bill. :-)