[This was my initial posting. Read the comments if you want the resolution …]
When I saw this hawk from the back, I started to be interested …
Not a Roughie … Bill is not big enough for Ferruginous, so what is it?
Just a Red-tail with a very light tail. Markings are too heavy for Krider’s or Fuerte’s,
I missed pretty much all my targets that weekend. That said, I was hardly birding. Just not feeling well these days.
This 1st-cycle Glaucous Gull was at the gull puddle. It was enormous, well outside of barrovianus. I’m thinking palladissimus, probably.
A Harlequin Duck roosting nearby.
Another interesting gull was this guy: Looks like a 1st-cycle bird (also doesn’t seem to have rounded primaries yet). The primaries are maybe a little too dark to suggest Nelson’s Gull (Glaucous x Herring), so this may just be a Herring.
While Ferruginous Hawks and Mountain Plovers seemed to have left, a single Sprague’s Pipit, many McCown’s Longspurs and lots of Lark Buntings are still around.
A Burrowing Owl near Pretzer & Tweedy, guarding the burrow.
It’s always a pleasure to see Lark Buntings, especially when they are molting into their fancy plumage.
The Louisiana Waterthrush at Sacso Rd & Santa Cruz River is still around. Eagle-eyed Ken Blankenship re-found the bird immediately and got me on it. These pictures look pretty crummy, but are in fact mindbogglingly amazing as I was some 30yds away and the contrast was bad.
A Sora has been wintering at the marsh connecting the large pond and the water treatment facility at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove, OR. The bird is reasonably tame.