New Year’s Day 2015
January 3, 2015
As in years past I took a New Year’s Day hike to enjoy nature & see what interesting critters I could find outside, in spite of the cold 13º when I left the house.
It was a gorgeous sunny clear day and a friend was willing to brave the cold with me. We started at Bingen Marina, looking for swans at the Pond.
There wasn’t a swan in site, but we found a flurry of activity from Quails scavenging for food under the fallen leaves near the picnic tables.
Usually they manage to hide in brush before I can grab my camera so I was happy to catch them. I should’ve counted, but I think there were at least a dozen!
We made a quick stop at Rowland Lake where we watched two pair of Lewis’s Woodpeckers.
I love these gorgeous birds and am always thrilled to see them. Other than the woodpeckers, it was fairly quiet at the lake.
A couple dozen waterfowl swam on the south side of Rowland Lake. Until they heard my car stop.
This time of year, the main event is Bald Eagles! This juvenile was pretty close to the road, but camouflaged by all the branches.
No wonder he stayed and let me photograph, he didn’t want to leave his breakfast!
Another Bald Eagle juvenile near the beach let me get pretty close. He seemed just as curious about me as I was about him.
Balfour was our next stop as that’s where many Eagles congregate. I counted close to two dozen eagles, mostly soaring high overhead. It’s difficult to get close enough for great photography at Balfour.
This juvenile at was pretty close to the hiking path and I love the contrast of blue sky.
My biggest surprise at Balfour was finding my first Acorn Woodpecker. I sure hope he’s still there when I return so I can get a better picture. He was so fast, I just took what I could get of him!
Our last stop of the day was the Hood River Marina where a flock of sweet little Goldfinches were lunching on a tree by the river.
Our last bird of the day, was a Great Blue Heron who let us take his portrait. We crept as close as we dared, then left him in peace.
Happy New Year everyone! I think my goal for this year is to inspire you to get out and enjoy nature more!! xoxoxo