Rare Bird Sighting
November 4, 2014
It was dark and raining near dawn Friday morning, but there it was – a rare bird skittering near the water’s edge, a Northern Waterthrush. Seldom seen in our area of the Pacific Northwest, two local birding experts had invited me along to document and wanted to be sure they were correct in their assessment. My photos are not the best, but in spite of the not-so-sharp image you can see his markings.
We stood in the sand across the pond, rain pouring down as we watched him run back and forth between water’s edge and the cover of false indigo shrubs. He’s actually in the warbler family and I learned a lot from these experts. While there I peppered them with all my bird-related questions, some of which they could answer & others they couldn’t.
We also watched a trio of Dunlins traversing the beach at The Dalles Waterfront Park, close to where we saw the Northern Waterthrush.
…and a little Merlin decided to grace us with his presence.
We finished our travels at the boat ramp where a raft of American Coots and assorted ducks swam closer to us.
Back at the Ranch, so to speak we came upon a Mourning Dove near the parking lot where we started.
Sunday I joined a group of birders on the Hood River waterfront – the more I immerse myself in a bird’s world, the more I learn and I think my photos are improving. Oh, I’ll still show you a blur now and again if it reminds me of a special experience that I want to share with you. I’ll post pics from Sunday in a day or two…..