Sunday, July 18, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
This is a story of Osprey success! For background you need to know that this Osprey season of 2020-21 has been a very difficult one. For the second year in a row the Osprey nest in Independence at the Riverview Park failed. This is a closely watched nest site because there is a live camera mounted there and it is watched by a wide audience. Last year the male just disappeared, and the female stopped setting on the eggs. This year she had two new suiters, but she eventually seemed to give up on them and abandoned the nest. Another nest site is located at 9th and Patterson in West Salem, also with a live cam, but the extreme triple digit heat in June killed the three juveniles. So this morning, June 12, I was very pleased to find three large juveniles on the nest site in West Salem on Murlark Ave.
Three healthy looking juveniles on the Murlark Ave. nest site. Easily identified as juvenile by the white edging on their feathers. The bird in the middle obviously has a full croup, a good indication they are getting fed. This nest site is only about a block away from the river.
While watching the juveniles I noticed a forth bird circle around, which gave chase to a fifth bird, an obvious interloper. She continued to circle the nest, producing clucking noises toward at me. Eventually I figured out that she was not going land at the nest as long as I was pointing a camera around, so I hid out of sight under a tree. Then she came into the nest.
You have to look close at this photo to notice that there are actually two Osprey. They are so close together that they look like one bird. It actually appears that the mother is giving a protective hug to one of the juveniles. Adults are easy to identify by the yellow eyes, where as juveniles have brown eyes. Click on the image for a closer look.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Friday, July 2, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
For the past two weekends Jeanette and I have fled the intense heat here in the valley, to seek out the cooler climes of the Oregon Coast for birding and camping in our trusty Ram Promaster City camper van. This morning, Monday June 28th, I have finally found some time to sit down and post a report in the comfort of our residence at Dallas Retirement Village.
Toledo and Florence - June 19-20
We left Dallas Retirement Village early Saturday morning, traveling south on Kings Valley Highway, and West on Highway 20 to our first destination, Toledo and the Depot Slough Path. Here is our Observation List.
For our second day we elected to travel south to bird at Lagoon Loop in the Siltcoos Recreation Area. Here is our eBird Observation List. We spent our second night at Alder Dune Campground and then made an uneventful return to Dallas on Monday Morning.
Toledo and Waldport - June 26-27
With temperatures forecasted for Dallas in the triple digits we again headed to the coast and Toledo to bird at Depot Slough Path. While walking on the Depot Slough Path, we got a call from Ron Noble to check on where we were, they were heading to the coast, so we invited them to stop in Toledo.
The beauty of the trail along Lint Slough was more than we could have dreamed of. The trail was lined with spreading Sword fern, with a background of Salmonberry, Thimbleberry and Twinberry, Red Huckleberry, and Evergreen Huckleberry. Towering overhead where tall Douglas Firs and Sitka Spruce trees, the middle elevation was filled in with Rhododendron and Cascara, completing the lush forest.
The Lint Slough Trail trailhead turned out to be a great location for dinner and a quiet evening.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Nine people, plus Jeanette and I and our bus driver, Falene Richardson, made a total of twelve.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
The majority of flying creatures we saw were butterflies, specifically this species, a Western Tiger Swallowtail. With a wing span of a couple of inches they can trick you for a fraction of a second to think it's a yellow and black bird. Below are some of the actual birds I was able to photograph. For a complete Observation List click here.