Saturday, August 01, 2009

Birds of the northwest

I saw a number of new birds this past two weeks. Some of course were familiar - robins, sparrows, crows, towhees - but some were not: western flickers, Steller's jays, acorn woodpecker. I saw some belted kingfishers on the Snohomish, but couldn't get an even half-way decent picture. Here are the ones I did manage to get.

In Washington - all of these were along the Snohomish River:

towhee Here's a Rufous-sided (or Spotted) Towhee.

song sparrow I'm pretty sure this is a Song sparrow.

ducks These ducks are most likely mallards.

female red-shafted flicker Here's a western flicker - a female Red-shafted flicker.

female house finch
This one is, I believe, a female House finch.

bald eagle
And this one leaves you (and me!) in no doubt: a Bald eagle (even if the camera did focus on the leaves!).

In Oregon:
western gull Oregon coast This gull is, I believe, a Western gull. It was on the coast, at Battle Rock.

crow Depoe Bay And here's a crow, hunched against the mist in Depoe Bay.

In California:

ring-billed gull CA
This angry looking gull was at a rest stop, and had probably come from Lake Shasta. It's a Ring-billed gull.

possible scrub jay CaliforniaI think this is a scrub jay: although its head looks too brown, that might be the lighting and it might just be a young bird.

brewer's blackbird This strutting fellow was at the same rest stop as the gulls - the two groups were in conflict over the shade and the scraps. He's clearly a blackbird; I think a Brewer's blackbird.

acorn woodpecker Here's a Acorn woodpecker, at the same rest stop.

Steller's jay redwoods This Steller's Jay is hanging out at the Lady Bird Johnson Redwood Grove, where signs accuse him of being (along with other corvids) "intelligent, opportunistic, and always looking out for an easy meal." It's a fair cop, I suppose, but who among us looks out for a hard meal?..

steller's jay Tahoe This Steller's Jay was at King's Beach, Lake Tahoe.

anna's hummingbird Tahoe Another Tahoe resident was this little Anna's hummingbird. I like to never got a picture of her that wasn't just a blur.

female red-shafted flicker Tahoe And here's another flicker, this one also resident at Lake Tahoe.

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At 3:13 PM, August 01, 2009 Anonymous Deborah Godin had this to say...

I wish we had Stellar's Jays here in the east; they're so beautiful. Impressive series of shots and IDs!

At 9:28 PM, August 01, 2009 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

"This angry looking gull was at a rest stop..."

Is there a gull out there that isn't angry looking? :)

At 1:52 AM, August 02, 2009 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Well, the Western gull doesn't look angry so much as supercilious. It's the Ring-billed's red-rimmed eyes that clinch it for me!


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