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On Friday I took a little trip up to Trout Lake, at the base of Mt Adams to photograph a bird.

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A RARE bird in Washington State.  I’m told this is only the second documented sighting in my state. EVER!

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It’s a Gray-headed Junco hanging out at Jim & Kathy White’s feeders!  Kathy first noticed it on Jan 2 at their feeders with a flock of Dark-eyed Juncos.  It has come back each day, all week.

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You know I had to invite myself to go up and see it!  Even if it didn’t show up for me, I HAD to take the chance, drive our snowy roads and maintain hope that it would grace me with its presence.

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Local birding expert, Stuart Johnston went with me and to our delight the unusual bird showed up for us!!

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As I well knew, my first shot through the window was not crispy clear.  I was going to have to photograph it outside if I wanted a decent shot.  I quietly exited the back door and peered around the corner, waiting and hoping this special bird would allow me to photograph him.

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He did not disappoint.  Even with triple layers of clothing, double gloves, plus coat, hat, scarf, hand and toe warmers I could only stay outside for 10 to 15 minute intervals in the 10º temperature.

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Confirmed via email and photographic documentation ahead of my visit, from several top-level birding experts in Washington and Oregon the sighting still goes through a process within Washington Ornithological Society for it to be a valid sighting..

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Jim and Kathy have turned in a ‘Rare Bird Report’ to the Washington Ornithological Society and I’m proud to say they’re using my photos in addition to their own for documentation.

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This is a Dark-eyed ‘Oregon’ Junco, the typical Junco we have in our area.  You can see how different they are from the Gray-headed.

~My first sighting of a Catbird last summer, Bohemian Waxwings in December, and now my first sighting of the Gray-headed Junco, Trout Lake is turning into BIRD Central!!~

Ch Ch Ch Changes…

December 15, 2016

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Since my last art show I’ve been out in the field enjoying wild critters and places with no looming deadlines or responsibilities.

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Bald Eagles are back….

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…Tundra Swans are back….

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I gave a talk on Wildlife Photography to the Sherman County Camera Club, and played at the John Day Dam prior to their meeting.

…and I’m back at work in a new & different way!

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Invited to join and show my photography at co-op gallery, Made in the Gorge… I said YES!  108 Oak Street, downtown Hood River ~ you’ll find me there on Saturdays.  Come in & say hi!!

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I know I keep promising to tell you of recent adventures….it’s just so hard to sit at my computer & tell you about the last one when I want to be out experiencing the next one!

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My first sighting of a Red-necked Grebe in the Gorge!

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Our first snowfall of the season on the White Salmon River at Husum.

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A rare sighting of Bohemian Waxwings in Trout Lake! …

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…and my photo used in Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library!! I so wish it had been a blue sky day instead of winter gray!  Thrilled just the same!!

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I tend to share more often on my Facebook page and would love you to give me a ‘like’ over there!!

For now, I’m on my way to shovel off our decks…again!  Eight fresh inches on top of two earlier feet of snow this week!  Fa La La La La and Happy Holidays to you & yours!!

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We’ve had a fantastic fall, full of warm days and cool evenings that bring out fall colors in our foliage.  I went up to Trout Lake to photograph Mt. Adams reflected in the lake; but actually think the above shot, Trout Lake Creek is my best for that day.

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Into Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Mt. Adams, I think I missed the best show of fall by a week but still caught some color.

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My take on this classic shot.  I think I’ll go back for sunrise and sunset tries over the next few seasons and see what I can come up with.

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Heading back down the mountain, I stopped at Conboy National Wildlife Refuge but saw no wildlife.  The leaves were mostly past prime there also.

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I did see mushrooms.  All kinds and colors!

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Until now I’ve never seen a mushroom as red as this one!

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Not taken on the same day, but a good ending for this post, I caught this magnificent golden autumn sunset over the Columbia River Gorge.  I’ve probably said it too many times but I am so lucky to live here!!

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Do you feel a change in the air?

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