Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Since the skies were holding themselves together I decided to head over to Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge, where our second trip will be held, to check the place out. I hadn't been there since it was much drier so I was pleased to find high water levels and lots of waterfowl.
I tried digiscoping but it just wasn't happening, focus-wise. I don't know what I was doing wrong.
I liked this one only because I caught a Tree Swallow, too. Dark back, light underparts and the dark comes down below the eye.
The duck is a female Ring-necked Duck
These two are male Ring-necked Ducks. This is a good example of how to identify ducks by patterns of dark and light feathers. This duck has a dark head, chest and back, lighter sides, and a dark rump. It also shows a bright white patch at the shoulder and a white ring around its bill. 100% of birders agree; it should have been called Ring-billed Duck.
Speaking of black and white ducks, can you spot the duck in the photo below? It's one that really pops out at you even without binoculars. Leave a comment with your guess as to
After looking over the water for awhile, I headed over to a small group of oaks. I heard a Kestrel call and found her diving at a Red-tailed Hawk who quickly left the scene. I'll be checking that tree for a Kestrel nest next time I'm there. Then I heard a White-breasted Nuthatch calling. I soon found it next to a cavity at the very top of an oak. It dipped inside for a second then came out and sat calling and calling for over five minutes. It's a treat to see White-breasted Nuthatches so I watched it for as long as I could. Finally the temperature dropped as clouds moved in and I made my way home.