Nature Walk on Private Property
April 22, 2016
A friend had me walk her property to capture wildlife, pretty flowers or anything interesting I could find. When we first arrived, even though it was a glorious morning it was still and quiet. We walked in dew covered grass until our shoes and pant hems were soaked.
Our first sighting was a Western Gray Squirrel. I saw a flash of it’s tail under the morning sun as it ran across a log. My trigger finger clicked away until he ran out of sight.
Overhead a juvenile Bald Eagle soared majestically as we searched for little birds.
A pair of Turkey Vultures seemed to float high overhead ~ too high for my camera to take decent pictures, and they eventually landed in a snag far in the distance.
Finally we heard familiar bird songs and found a Mountain Chickadee singing from a branch.
We watched a Red-breasted Nuthatch gather nesting material.
A Yellow-rumped Warbler made it’s presence known. A couple of ravens flew noisily overhead and we discovered their nest later.
Then a White-breasted Nuthatch appeared! I love seeing this bird as I rarely see it at home.
We also saw a plethora of wildflowers. I’m told this little pansy is unusual so will share it here. I don’t recall the name, but will edit in when I recall or learn! I’ve been out and about taking lots of wildflower shots lately, and will have to write a post just on those!
This was the first butterfly of the day we saw. I’m guessing it’s a Hairstreak or a Duskywing, but I hope to know after Robert Michael Pyle’s lecture (founder of the Xerces Society) at the White Salmon library on April 29th. By the way, you can see some of my nature photography there for the rest of April. I tried to choose images that correspond to the weekly lectures, so you’ll definitely find a butterfly or two!
We saw something move in a tree…..seeing a lizard instead of a bird was a big surprise! Looks like I need to buy a book on reptile I.D. Tree Lizard? Fence Lizard?
As the morning progressed we saw hawks, more vultures and THIS!! A Golden Eagle juvenile, on my list of birds to find and photograph!! My morning delight, for sure!! Not the best image due to how far away it was, but nevertheless a Golden!!
Closer up, we found this Dragonfly when we sat down for a little break. Could it be a Robust Pink Skimmer? It was fresh and shimmering as though it had just emerged.
Walking back to our car we found this sweet little bird. Hutton’s Vireo? We heard one singing earlier. Originally we thought it a Kinglet, but his beak looks a bit longer than my book shows. Looking further through my book, it might be a Phoebe, a Vireo, a Flycatcher, or a Kinglet! I have so much still to learn!!
Another Butterfly guess, Elfin? We chased an Orangetip but I couldn’t get a clear shot of that one.
Exiting, we spied this Western Bluebird watching us from the tree it clung to. We saw and heard more, but these are some of my highlights from the 1500 photos I took!