Steider Studios.Osprey.BirdWalk.8.9.15-2

…for birds!  A sunny summer Sunday in the Gorge ~ perfect for the monthly excursion of Bird Nerds as we’ve dubbed ourselves.  Forgive the quality of some photos, I forgot to double-check my camera settings again….

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An abundance of Gulls at the Spit today, including Bonaparte’s sunned, swam and preened as we scoped.

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John was the first to notice a group of female Northern Shovelers swimming just off shore.

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A Great Blue Heron always attracts my attention.

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A couple of Caspian Terns joined the group of Gulls.

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Then they flew off to join another group.

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Speaking of flight, a group of little shorebirds teased us all morning, flying back and forth across the Spit but never landing where we could view them.

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Dense vegetation grows on the west side of the Spit, perfect for this Western Kingbird…

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…and Bewick’s Wren.

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Several sparrows searched for breakfast among the brush and shrubs growing all over the rock and sandy beach.  I still have a hard time deciphering Sparrows, but was informed this is a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.

Steider Studios.BirdWalk.8.9.15-12And of course, the Great Unknown….I was too slow to catch him, but maybe a warbler?

Steider Studios.BirdWalk.Downey Woodpecker.8.9.15-13Of all birds I didn’t expect to see a Downey Woodpecker here!

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Another White-crowned Sparrow, perhaps a sibling of the one above.

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As we left, an Osprey flew directly overhead, making me wish I could stay a little longer….There were many more birds, I’ll edit this post when I receive the official list.

If you’d like to join us for an outing (usually in the Columbia River Gorge), we meet once a month with an extra outing here & there.  Send me an email for information, linda at steiderstudios dot com.

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Welcoming me home ~ a Blue Grouse resting near my blueberry bushes.  Love where I live!

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