There still aren’t any herons to be seen down by their rookery, but I did see this Red-tailed Hawk down there. For some reason I haven’t seen too many birds lately. Maybe they are all waiting in nests?
Insects though are everywhere, as you can tell from my latest posts. Of course, while I . . . → Read More and See Photos: Swarm of Flies
An epic air battle played out above our house yesterday. First, this Red-tailed Hawk was soaring in large circles.
Suddenly, a local crow attacked. Crows often try to chase hawks, ospreys, and eagles away from their territory. Usually I see them do it as a group, but this brave crow decided to do . . . → Read More and See Photos: Battle in the Skies
On an otherwise cloudless day, this lone cloud started drifting over my Walnut Tree. I started taking photos as it continued to move our way.
That’s when I spotted something flying overhead. See it at the upper left of the photo?
Luckily it soared closer. It’s a Bald Eagle!
Bald Eagle . . . → Read More and See Photos: Bald Eagle Flies Into View
Today the sun came out and life seemed to come out of the woodwork. This Bald Eagle flew over my head on my walk to the store. It was kind enough to pose!
After the store, I walked down to the Willamette River and saw this Red-tailed Hawk land in a tall tree . . . → Read More and See Photos: Birds of Prey on the Prowl
If you visit this blog on any kind of regular basis you know that I enjoy hiking through my neighborhood and down to the Willamette River below our house. We live on the edge of a woodland that borders this major Oregonian river, so even though we live in an urban area we get to . . . → Read More and See Photos: Neighborhood Birds with a Twist
The leaves are falling revealing things to see that were hidden before. Goat Island is in the Willamette River below our house. It is a well-known Great Blue Heron rookery (or place where lots of them get together to nest).
During the nesting season, blue herons are all over the place here and . . . → Read More and See Photos: Empty Nesters
This hawk is perched in the same tree on our street in which I recently posted photos of bald eagles and ospreys sitting. It is a very tall Douglas Fir tree and it is near the top of a long slope down to the Willamette River. I am guessing that the view from up . . . → Read More and See Photos: Hawk on a Familiar Perch
Red-tailed hawks are very common birds of prey throughout the U.S. They do vary quite a bit in color and pattern though, so sometimes it can be hard to know for sure whether it is a red-tailed hawk. One good indication in this photo is the field marking of the dark band on the . . . → Read More and See Photos: Red-tailed Hawk under Crow attack