Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge, Trip 1

Oh what a morning! Today was the second trip for Session 1 of Beginning Birding 2 and they were treated to much better weather than their first outing on Easter Sunday. Birds were all over, in the water, in the sky, in the trees. Migration has definitely begun.....all over the refuge we encountered large groups of Yellow-rumped Warblers in breeding plumage....both the white-throated Myrtle race........


and the yellow-throated Audubon's race.

I didn't take either of these amazing photos

Greater Yellowlegs were in the mudflats, a preview of shorebird migration yet to come. I didn't take my camera today but can only provide you with our hefty list of 42 species. Can't wait for next week!

Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal (great bird)
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker (great looks for a looooong time)
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

2 comments:

NW Nature Nut said...

I've been meaning to ask. Did you take those YR photos? They are awesome!

A Portland Backyard said...

I agree, those are some of the best photos I have ever seen of the Yellow-Rumped. Way cool!