Backyard Blueberry Birds

When the blueberries are ripe, everybody comes to visit! Between the party in the berries and the usual neighborhood gang, this morning in our yard I saw:

  • House Finches
  • Mourning Doves
  • Song Sparrows
  • Spotted Towhees
  • Black-Capped Chickadees
  • American Robins
  • Black-Headed Grosbeaks
  • Northern Flickers
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Scrub Jays
  • American Crows

and a rabbit.

Click the image to go to a gallery of photos taken in our yard on 7/31/22.

Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch

Who watches over you

Make a little birdhouse in your soul

They Might Be Giants

Milo McIver State Park, July 2022

Here are some photos from our day trip to McIver State Park near Estacada, exploring possible locations for camping with the grandkids.

Nancy wrote about this trip on her blog.

Keeping a watchful eye on all things.
I tried to photograph this Osprey in flight without success, before deciding to focus on the nest and wait. It still snuck up on me.
Cedar Waxwing
This Song Sparrow was singing its heart out, as they do.
Foxglove
Bedazzled Cow Parsnip

Urban Wetlands: Koll Center Wetlands (Beaverton) and Smith and Bybee Lakes (Portland), July 2022

When I have limited time for a nature walk and want to search out an interesting place to explore that’s close to home, I often end up at an urban wetland tucked away just off the beaten asphalt path. Here are some photos from two I’ve visited recently: Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton, and Smith and Bybee Lakes in Portland.

(Click the image to go to the full gallery.)

Belted Kingfisher