Andy Frank

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Solitary Sandpipers



Monday, February 04, 2019

Tikal Orange-breasted Falcon and Ocellated Turkey

The best birds seen on a recent trip to Belize were on a day trip into Guatemala to the Mayan ruins at Tikal.

Two Orange-breasted Falcons were perched on trees in the main plaza, and I was able to get relatively close to one by climbing the adjacent pyramid.



Ocellated Turkeys are rare and keep hidden in most places due to hunting, but they are protected at Tikal and regularly come out to feed on the lawn.  Amazing colors.



And remarkable ornaments on its head.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Vanport Northern Shrike

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Columbia Slough in Portland





Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Long-tailed Jaeger on Sauvie Island

Initially identified as a Parasitic Jaeger, consensus is that this is a Long-tailed Jaeger.  Appreciate comments below posted by Russ Namitz regarding this bird.

"I would call this bird a dark juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGER.

Features that I look for on young birds like these surprisingly include the undertail coverts.

1) Undertail coverts are neatly & boldly barred black and white versus cinnamon in Parasitic.

2) Crisp whitish barring on upperside of bird (all wing coverts, scapulars, etc) versus cinnamon in Parasitic.

3) Bill nail (tip) of mandible is long and hooked and the black bill tip is almost half the length of the bill versus less than half in Parasitic.

4) Three white primary shafts, including rachis(center of feather) versus 4 to 5 white primary shafts shown by Parasitic.

5) Bill is short and stubby and head is small and rounded in appearance."









Monday, August 27, 2018

Sanderling at Broughton Beach today

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Northern Pygmy-Owl, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

In the Ochoco Mountains in Crook County last week.


And a young Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (note the short tail) also in Crook County.