Friday was glorious (weatherwise), so obviously I had to hike down to the river and check out the Great Blue Heron rookery. It had been pretty quiet lately and I was hoping to see a little more activity. I was not disappointed! Herons were constantly flying over my head, crossing the side channel of . . . → Read More and See Photos: More Heron Nest Building
The way the weather has been around here lately, any break in the rain is a reason to celebrate. People flock to the Willamette River, and so do the birds.
The heron rookery was still a bit quiet compared to a couple of weeks ago.
The herons are still around though and . . . → Read More and See Photos: Just Another Day on the River
The weather has been difficult for the past week or so- tons of rain and clouds. Birds have come and gone, but my camera has had to stay inside. So, here are some bird photos I’ve taken in the past couple of weeks. Above is a male Anna’s Hummingbird in our cherry tree.
. . . → Read More and See Photos: Random Bird Shots (It’s been a rainy week)
We’ve all seen Great Blue Herons standing on a beach or in a marsh, but how many times have we seen a heron from below?
Here is a good look at its leg. It looks like birds’ knees bend in the wrong direction, but this isn’t a knee- it is actually an ankle! . . . → Read More and See Photos: Unusual Views of Herons
Good news- the herons have returned! They left the rookery last week when the temperatures dipped into the 20′s at night, but sometime in the past few days they came back since the weather has warmed.
They are also as feisty as ever. Some demonstrate their toughness for their nest neighbors.
Others . . . → Read More and See Photos: Herons Are Back- and Feisty!
The river below our house is a great site for watching groups of birds. I’ve been posting a lot about the heron rookery on Goat Island (across the water in these photos). Last week my friend Joe was down there taking pictures when a hawk scared the herons off of their nests and into . . . → Read More and See Photos: Bird Gatherings
The Great Blue Heron rookery was full of activity this past weekend, though not all of the days were this sunny.
It still feels odd to see these large birds standing on nests at the top of these mature cottonwood trees.
Of course, some of the nests need a little maintenance!
. . . → Read More and See Photos: Nest Building at the Heron Rookery
Down by the river my boys and I startled this Belted Kingfisher. It was just where you would expect to find one- hanging out directly over the water on a perch. Kingfishers dive into the river and grab fish to eat. They also nest in tunnels they dig in the riverbank- hopefully I’ll find . . . → Read More and See Photos: Belted Kingfisher and Fighter Jet