December Bird Walk ~ Little White Salmon River
December 19, 2015
I love hanging out with a group of birders calling themselves ‘Bird Nerds’. We travel locally in the Columbia River Gorge seeking birds of all sorts. Many of us are still learning and are appreciative of the ‘experts’ that have undertaken our education.
We meet the 2nd Sunday of each month and in December went to the Little White Salmon River. A small group this month, we had the entire river and Drano Lake to ourselves. As we pulled in, two Bald Eagles flew out of a tree next to the road. The two photos above are juvenile Bald Eagles.
We watched eagles soaring above and ducks swimming below the road as we walked adjacent to the river. A trio of Goldeneye, the lead is a Barrow’s and his cohorts are Common Goldeneye.
We watched this American Dipper fishing along the rocky bank of the Little White Salmon River.
For awhile, it was hard to decide – look up at soaring birds in the sky, or look out into the river at all the waterfowl! Is it possible to see both at once?
Not really, but if I just look straight across, I can see this Kingfisher looking for his next meal!
Looked back at the river just in time to see a Barrow’s Goldeneye taking off from the ‘herd’.
Had it been a windless day I would’ve caught a great reflection in this shot! You can still kind of see it….can’t you?
As we continued our walk we spotted several Gulls, including this Glaucous-winged Gull on a sandbar in the river.
Across the river more Bald Eagles perched at the top of a tree.
This section is normally just grass, but due to recent rains had become a little pond. It was perfect for a Pintail Duck to hide out with a couple of Mallard friends.
A Common Raven flew overhead in just the right formation to show you his tail, shaped like an arrowhead ~ different from a Crow’s tail which is straight across.
The day started cloudy, but we were graced by the sun as we headed back to where we’d left our cars.
A Red-tailed Hawk flew overhead as well as a couple more Bald Eagles.
Just before we left we spotted a sweet little Mountain Chickadee singing his heart out. Another wonderful day of birding in The Gorge.