Tuesday, January 19, 2010

NePo Suet Company

Please check out our newest blog at http://neposuet.blogspot.com/

Our small little suet company has started to grow! We decided it was time to create a blog about our suet. Please have a look and pick yourself up a few of the best suet cakes on the market.
Take care and good birding!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Pink-Sided Junco!

Here are some photos that we have taken over the last 2 days. This is a Pink-Sided Oregon Junco. This subspecies is usually found in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. It typically winters in areas such as Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and western Texas.

There has never been a verified occurrence of this subspecies in Oregon. We have sent a reporting form and photos to the Oregon Rare Bird Committee and we are waiting to hear from them to see if they will recognize this subspecies (usually they just accept new species, rather than subspecies), but we're hoping! We have spoken to one of the members of the board and he feels that it is a good and verifiable Pink-Sided Junco! Very exciting!!

The photos aren't great, but they are still clear enough. Here's a link to a much better photo (not taken by us) of a Pink-Sided Junco: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christian_nunes/3054400855/sizes/l/ and if you compare, it's pretty easy to see that the photos below are, indeed, a Pink-Sided Junco!

Compare this photo with the link above. It's the best example.

The Pink-Sided have a bluish/gray hood (head), extensive pinkish flanks (sides), dark lores (the eyes), and a light colored throat.

It was dark and very cloudy, so the photos aren't very good.

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

Kind of blurry, but you can still tell the difference.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sauvie Island 1/9/10

Michelle and I went on an Audubon birding trip to Sauvie Island on Sunday. The trip was led by Mike Houck, who is always a blast to bird with. If you haven't done so, check out the Audubon sponsored trips here. Here are some of the many photos we took. It was overcast most of the time, so lighting wasn't that good. Enjoy!

p.s. at the bottom of this post is our entire list of birds seen on the trip.

Here is a flock of Sandhill Cranes in the distance. We were fortunate enough to see hundreds of Sandhills all over the island.

A couple of Sandhill Cranes getting a little closer to our group.

Another flock of Sandhill Cranes.

Not a great photo, but in the distance is a Bald Eagle swooping in on a Green-Winged Teal. He swooped on it many times, but it would dive under the water when he got close. The Eagle eventually was successful, though.

One of the dozens of Bald Eagles we saw on the trip. This was the greatest number of Bald Eagles that we have ever seen in such a short amount of time. We saw somewhere between 25-30 Eagles in 3 hours.

Here is the Eagle that was chasing the Teal. He flew to a tree about 50 feet away from our group and proceeded to eat his meal.

He was very mindful of all the other Eagles in the area.

We saw one lone Great Egret on the trip.

One of the many flocks of Northern Pintails we saw.

An American Kestrel on their usual perch. We only saw a hand full of Kestrels on Sunday. Usually, they are more plentiful. I guess the Bald Eagles took their place.

A mixed flock of thousands of Snow and Canada Goose. It was an amazing sight to see. This flock brought a collective gasp from the group.

Another raptor that was seen in good numbers was the Red-Tailed Hawk.

A Scrub-Jay checking out our group to make sure no one had any peanuts. We didn't.

A small flock of Snow Goose flying above us.

A few Tundra Swan. We saw quite a few of them on the trip.
Bird identified on Sunday; 37 species:
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Northern Pintail
Green-Winged Teal
Ring-Necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Pied-Billed Grebe
Double-Crested Cormorant
Blue Heron
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Red-Tailed hawk
Sandhill Crane
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Black-Capped Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-Crowned Sparrow
Red-Winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
House Finch

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A few photos

Here are a few photos from around the yard over the last few days. As always, we hope you enjoy them!

One of the 9 Band-Tailed Pigeons that are still coming in the yard everyday. Very unusual for this time of year.

The local Bewick's Wren grabbing a bite of suet.

One of the many Yellow-Rumped Warblers we get in the yard. This guy came in when we had our unexpected snow storm a couple of weeks ago.

Robins snacking on one of our Pyracantha shrubs. They really enjoyed the berries.

They picked this bush clean in just a couple of days. Notice the center Robin is just about to swallow a berry?

Another Yellow-Rumped Warbler, same feeder.

We noticed this Song Sparrow on our fence the other morning. What really caught our eye was the spider web stuck to his head.

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