Monday, October 19, 2009

Commonwelath Park and the yard

Today, Michelle and I went out to Commonwealth Park in Beaverton. It was just supposed to be a quick stop, but we ended up being there for quite a while.

Among the variety of birds, were a juvenile Green Heron (who let us get really close) and a Horned Grebe!

So here are some photos from the trip and a few others from the yard.
Good birding to all.

Here is the gorgeous juvenile Green Heron! He has been one of the most elusive birds for us. We catch quick glimpses, but we have never been able to stare at him.

Here he is staring right back at us!

Such a cool looking bird!

Please don't ask how many photos we actually took of this little guy.

Photo 9,215...

Showing off a bit for the camera.

I can't tell you how excited we were to finally find this bird!

A Horned Grebe. We've never found one at Commonwealth Lake before.

A Green-Winged Teal.

A beautiful American Wigeon.

An odd looking American Wigeon among some Mallards.

Here is the odd looking Wigeon out in the lake.

A female Wood Duck.

Some Steller's Jays filling up in the backyard.

A female Purple Finch.

A (blurry) Red-Breasted Sapsucker on the telephone pole in the backyard (yes really, in the backyard).

A first of season Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon's).

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1 comment:

Rhett Wilkins said...

Hey Guys,

Thanks for updating your blog. These photos are awesome! I can't believe the Green Heron sat still for you like that. I came across one at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden the other day and it was extremely skiddish. I'm also very envious of your Purple Finch. I recently moved here from Houston, TX and have never seen that species. Apparently, they winter in the Houston area, but I hardly believe it. Your efforts and photos are great - please keep them coming!