Andy Frank

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Willow Flycatcher

I was just thinking that I should head back out to Sandy River Delta soon to look for my first-of-year Willow Flycatcher, and then one showed up tonight in my yard.  A first for my yard list.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blue Jay, Whimbrel


After exploring Scoggins Valley Road at the north end of Hagg Lake I was walking back down the hill to my bike and saw a bird fly.  It was blue and had white on the tips of the tail feathers.  Fortunately it landed and I was able to get a better view, though still partially obscured by leaves, but was able to clearly see the dark necklace, blue back with white wing bar and white coloring underneath of a Blue Jay.  This was in the yard of 55449 Scoggins Valley Road which was just past the 0.5 mile mark of the road.

About 8:15AM this morning while bicycling out to Hagg Lake I passed Cedar Hills Middle School and the adjacent park that was busy with lacrosse players. However a large part of the field was unused and as I rode by I noticed two pale brown birds that appeared to be shorebirds.  I got out my binoculars and saw there were 2 Whimbrel, the first I've found "motorless."  On my return trip at 5:00PM, the two Whimbrel were still present.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tree Swallow

These were 2 of many Tree Swallows at Jackson Bottoms Wetlands.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Whimbrel, Pigeon Guillemot, Purple Martin, Red-Necked Phalarope

On a trip to Tillamook county today with Wink Gross, we found 4 Whimbrel at Bayocean.

a Pigeon Guillemot at Barview Jetty

a Purple Martin at Bay City

and 20-30 Red-necked Phalaropes along Fenk Road
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tree Swallow, Bald Eagle, Purple Martin

Oak Island was pretty quiet this morning, with no flycatchers and few warblers, but this Tree Sparrow posed nicely by the side of the trail.  They nest there and are by far the most numerous sparrow in that area.

Bald Eagles are again nesting at the northern end of the loop trail and this one was perched right by the nest.

And Purple Martins were attending nestboxes along the channel, and this pair flew in to perch on a wire.
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Savannah Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Black-throated Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow along Marine Drive

Northern Mockingbird by Troutdale Airport

Black-throated Sparrow on Sundial Road
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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Harlequin Duck

This Harlequin Duck pair were at Eagle Creek.
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