Birding the Base of Mt. Adams
June 16, 2016
June’s bird outing with the ‘Bird Nerds’ began north of Trout Lake. We found one of my favorites, a Lazuli Bunting along with a surprising number of other species.
Cedar Waxwings were plentiful and not necessarily a surprise. We also saw or heard Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Western Wood Pewee, Violet-green Swallow, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, a Western Tanager and many more.
A CATBIRD was definitely a surprise for me. I didn’t know they were in our area! Last year one of our members, John heard one in Hood River’s Powerhouse Corridor but this is my first sighting!
Half our group headed for Glenwood and were delighted to find this White-headed Woodpecker feeding her young.
You know I took a gazillion photos ~ there are at least two in the nest, a boy & a girl.
As long as we were in Glenwood we took a little hike at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge where we found Eastern Kingbirds including one sitting on a nest!!
We watched this Red-breasted Sapsucker delivering lunch to a nest cavity that we watched last year.
Birds ate from feeders in front of the headquarters office while this Black-chinned Hummingbird buzzed about.
Our group parted ways leaving me to drive a couple of my favorite Glenwood routes. The song of Red-winged Blackbirds was everywhere.
There was no traffic on a Sunday afternoon, so I drove the refuge perimeter leisurely.
I found a large Wood Duck family.
Mama kept the ducklings swimming away from me.
I pretended not to care.
I found many more Eastern Kingbirds.
I also found Western Kingbirds. I think this is a young one.
I saw a lot of fledglings including this Western Bluebird.
Here’s it’s parent, encouraging it.
It was a fabulous day leaving me with way too many photos to go through. These are just a few of my favorites!