Sparrows were the goal, and sparrows we saw. The most plentiful were Golden-Crowned Warblers. I think back to November and being so excited to see a single one at Bosque del Apache, and here I am tripping over them in Oregon.
|Golden-Crowned Sparrow - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|White-Crowned (L) and White-Throated (R) Sparrows - Sauvie Island Oregon|
We saw many, many Bald Eagles. By the end of the day I would see almost twice as many as Red-Tailed Hawks even. The first birds that we saw were a pair of Bald Eagles doing some courting by synchronized flying. This immature Bald Eagle was out over some flooded fields looking to bother some ducks.
|Imm Bald Eagle - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|Dunlin and Greater Yellow Legs - Sauvie Island Oregon|
At the end of the list we tallied up the group totals and they counted 64 or so species, my list was 45. There were birds that I missed, and some of the group were there early enough to hear Owls and do a bit of extra birding. But that was really a good day for me, and it was barely morning. Most of the group went up to look at deep water along the river and saw some gulls, a tree full of Cormorants, another Bald Eagle, some Common Mergansers and a Greater Scaup.
After the quick stop, we drove to a roadside viewing platform to see a few hundred Snow Geese hanging out, which included a couple of the Blue Goose type.
|Snow Geese, Blue Goose and Cackling Geese - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|Tree Swallows - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|Bald Eagle in hot pursuit - Sauvie Island Oregon|
The scene from the observation tower reminded me again of Bosque del Apache, lots of different birds on the ground with an Eagle over-head bothering everyone.
|Bald Eagle above Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans and assorted Ducks - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|Heron Rookery - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|Bald Eagles at nest - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|Turkey Vulture - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|American Kestrel - Sauvie Island Oregon|
|Rufous Hummingbird - Portland Audubon Center|
But I also got a Pacific Wren, who really wanted to be on my list. It jumped up and started singing to me.
|Pacific Wren - Portland Audubon Center|
|Varied Thrush, female - Portland Audubon Center|
|Varied Thrushes - Portland Audubon Center|
I'm pretty sure that I also heard a Virginia Rail, but I don't list birds that I only hear, yet. But time was running out. I made one last stop at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park were I got to add Bewick's Wren and a lifer Hutton's Vireo to the list. I was hoping for Pileated or Hairy Woodpecker but no luck. I also didn't hear or see any owls there or at my apartment complex. But I finished the day with 76 species and a handful of lifers: Dunlin, California Quail, California Gull, Hutton's Vireo and Varied Thrush. And that was with no Accipiters or Nuthatches and just a few types of gulls. I bet that I could have had a hundred with some planning and a shorter lunch break. I'm hoping to get down to see a Yellow-Throated Warbler near Salem and out to the shore soon.
Thanks for making it this far,