Birds at Trout Lake Marsh
May 17, 2015
This time of year is spectacular in the Columbia River Gorge. We are inundated with colorful melodious flying beauties. Plus Owls, Osprey, Eagles, Herons and more. Above is a Yellow Warbler we found at Trout Lake Marsh today. I’m so far behind in telling you what’s going on, that I’ll just start with today at the Trout Lake Marsh with our birding group and promise to add more later! I believe this is a Red-naped Sapsucker. I don’t remember what this little bird is! I knew I should have taken notes today. edit: Just learned it’s a Western Wood-Pewee. I think this little sparrow is cute balancing himself between the reeds. I think he’s a Song Sparrow. We were fortunate to see a Lazuli Bunting! I also saw them at the Sandy River Delta and at Ridgefield. Today was full of Warblers. This is a MacGillivray’s Warbler, a first for me! We saw a couple of Black-throated Gray Warblers and heard several other species of Warblers. We caught an Oregon Junco eating a dragonfly. Is this a Yellow-rumped Warbler? Western Tanager, one of my favorites! The end of another fun day. Over the last month I’ve watched a trio of owlets grow and learn to fly, plus 5 nesting Great Horned Owls further east. I’m watching a Bald eagle nest and almost a dozen Osprey nests along the Columbia River. I’ve been to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge several times. I finally went to the Sandy River Delta and I’ve traversed the Columbia River almost daily. I’ve easily taken over 5000 photos of all the above adventures. Oh, and my giant backyard forest slash pile burn project is very near finished thanks to several groups of friends who took it upon themselves to come help me! I try to post daily photos on my Facebook page if you’d like to see more images of all the birds and wildlife I’ve run into lately!