Saturday, November 1, 2008

The GOBC and Oaks Bottom

Well, the last few hours of October have come and gone. The Great October Bird Count is over. We ended up with 33 species (34 including Cackling Geese) but who's counting?? Congrats to Connor over at for coming in 1st place with 42 birds! What a month it has been for all of us. Some busy, some not so busy. But, always fun! Thanks again to Michele at for hosting the competition!

In other news, we signed up for and attended the Oaks Bottom wildlife Refuge walk given by Mike Houck. We was a phenomenal guide! He is a wealth of knowledge and his bird calling skills are out of this world! We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to take many more such walks.

Here are some photos from the yard and from our walk this morning. Take care and good birding!

The pumpkin feeder isn't looking so hot these days but the birds still go to it!

Northern Flicker trying to stay upright on a suet feeder.

A chunky-butt American Goldfinch!

American and Lesser Goldfinches.
Now, on to Oaks Bottom this morning...

These are some of the first birds we saw when we arrived. It was a mixed flock of about 500 Canada and Cackling Goose.
Shortly thereafter, something spooked them and the all took off! Notice that they are flying in front of a large mural depicting an Osprey in flight with a fish. This is the newest edition to the building famous for the Great Blue Heron painted on it. Eventually, the entire building will be one giant mural and will be the largest one in the U.S.
See a birdy?

I do, I do, I do!

It was awesome to be so close to a Red-Tailed Hawk!

A Northern Flicker preening and a Spotted Towhee watching from below.

Common Mergansers. We managed to spot a lot of species, including some great waterfowl.
While on our walk today, we spotted:
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch
Red-Winged Blackbird
Dark-Eyed Junco Golden-Crowned Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Orange-Crowned Warbler
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
American Robin
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Golden-Crowned Kinglet
Winter Wren
Bewick's Wren
Brown Creeper
Black-Capped Chickadee
Western Scrub-Jay
Steller's Jay
Northern Flicker
Belted Kingfisher
Anna's Hummingbird
American Coot
Red-Tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Blue Heron
Double-Crested Cormorant
Common Merganser
Ring-Necked Duck
Green-Winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
44 species!! What a great birding day!

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Rambling Woods said...

42 birds....does the person live in a park or something? Wow..well I had the usual suspects and I am going to list my November visitors too...Nice photos...

North West Birds said...

Wow! 44 Species? When I went there I only saw four!

Yes, I live right off an big park with a Wetlands in it :-)