A trip to Hood River Co, part 3: Northern Pygmy-Owl (OR, 05/09/10)

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.

A trip to Hood River Co, part 2: Gray Flycatcher (OR, 05/09/10)

This calling beauty was in the oak grove at the end of Port Industrial Park Way east of Cascade Locks. This series should give some insight regarding bill size and shape, primary projection, eye-ring and such. The bird was calling its soft whit. The down-up tail dipping was diagnostic.

An evening at Johnson Rd (05/06/10, near Vernonia, OR)

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. :-)