Thursday, July 29, 2010


We always have a resident red-tail hawk that lives in the woods. This year there were at least two juveniles. For the last few weeks we have been listening to the young screeching for their mother. I am thinking it is their call when she is out hunting for their food or just because they can!
One is so vocal we have named her/him Crybaby. 

The first picture is of the adult.
Now you can see the difference of the juvenile. He does not have the red-tail or other colorings yet.
This adult is so good....she has two in her mouth and one in her talons. She probably didn't want to listen to Crybaby either.
Crybaby saw mom catch the mouse and came screeching right over.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Coyote Summer

The coyotes have arrived. There are seven pups that have been playing in the field for a few weeks now. I saw them chasing each other and Chuck said one had a sock the other day. Well yesterday,,,, I saw two of them with something that looked like a sock. One was some kind of material and the other was a mole that they caught. This pup was running around with the mole and throwing it in the air.
I got this shot just by chance!

All seven in one shot!

Mom coyote keeps a close watch whenever she is around!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rocky Butte

What a great day to get outside!
A young bald eagle.

Brown Creeper came up close to us to see what he could find on this tree.
The bushtit was jumping around so much we barely got his picture.
The chestnut backed chickadee.
Mt Hood was quite a site from the top of the butte.

Tualatin Wildlife Refuge

We went to Tualatin Wildlife Refuge a couple of weeks ago and were able to see a Western Screech Owl. He was sleeping in the tree about a mile into the refuge.
The next weekend it was Fernhill Wetlands. There were plenty of Canada Geese.

I like how the you can see the drops of water coming off of his feet in this picture.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Red Breasted Sap Sucker

This Sap-sucker is drilling holes to beat the band in our two pine trees in the backyard. It wouldn't be so bad, but we planted those trees and want them to stay alive. The trees provide shade and take so long to grow. The bird gets mad and swoops me when I go out to take his picture. It is the price he must pay for killing my trees. Later in the day I saw the Downy Woodpecker and the Northern Flicker.
It must have been a woodpecker day!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Acorn Woodpecker

The Acorn Woodpecker was located at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Thanks to Greg Gillson for posting the location on his blog, I like to find new birds to add to my life bird list and we were able to add one more today.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Birds on my Birthday in Newport

Western Meadowlark
The state bird - you would think this bird would be easier to find. We did not expect to see it at the coast. This is the bird that caused Chuck to get his hand caught in the car door. He was excited to see the bird and did not want to make noise shutting the car door and used his hand to quiet the noise (really it was the wind caught it too quickly).

Brown Pelicans
These pelicans were resting in the Yaquina Bay area.

I might have seen this bird before, but this is the first time actually identifying one.