Andy Frank

Friday, March 03, 2017

Unusual pale Red-tailed Hawk, Wasco County, March 2, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Western Screech-Owl

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Western Screech-Owl

Last night we discovered that Western Screech-Owls were nesting in a cavity in a tree in our yard.  This is the same nest hole used by Screech-Owls 9 years ago, but not since.  Today one of the owls spent the whole day perched in the hole.  At 5:30PM they both flew out and for the past 2 hours one or both have been frequently calling.  The duets are delightful, with one calling and the other, in a different tone, responding.  In fact, I can hear one calling right now as I'm typing this.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Western Screech-Owl

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Common Goldeneye mating display at Broughton Beach

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Red-throated Loon

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sauvie Island Red-tailed Hawk

This bird was initially thought to be a dark-morph immature Ferruginous Hawk.  It wound up being a 2nd year Harlan's Hawk.  Per Carole Hallett's post on OBOL: "The presence of wing molt and the pattern of the barring on the old vs new

secondaries visible in some of the images of the bird on flight peg this as

a bird in its second calendar year. The dark terminal band on the retained

kid feathers is much narrower than on the fresh adult feathers.

Pale eye not always a good indicator, especially  on dark birds. Also note

brown banded tail. This has been bugging me. If this were a red-tailed hawk

that tail would be red by now. Contacted Bill Clark (Clark and Wheeler) and

he confirmed dark Harlan's Hawk."