Since Sean has arrived for a visit we have kept pretty busy with work in our front yard, but today we decided to have some fun and go birding. We picked the Fairview Wetlands in South Salem, a favorite of ours for a number of years. With the seasonal change the wetlands have dried up a lot and lush growth made it difficult to find many of the birds we knew were there.
nceng for Illusive Birds
Sean used an iPod to attract some Virginia Rails
One of the elusive Virginia Rails
White-crowned Sparrows could be heard singing, but were difficult to find, like this one hiding in a maple tree.
We discovered this Song Sparrow had a reason to be so elusive, it was feeding young ones.
We almost overlooked this juvenile American Kestrel because he sat so still he looked like part of the snag.