A couple of young folks out walking were completely unaware that a huge white GREAT EGRET was several feet above them in the tree!
But the fun was just beginning! Over the bridge into the Open Space parking area, a much smaller GREEN HERON was out pacing on the logs in the shallow water.
|Orange Crowned Warbler|
In the bushes, ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW WARBLERS flitted around -
I counted six one day and five the next, but they were so fast and well-hidden, it sure seemed like more!
Down the boardwalk toward the campground, the CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES were busy. We also had a good look (but no photo) of a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - our first of the fall migration season!
|Trust me, there's a Willow Flycatcher up there!|
High in the trees, a FLYCATCHER caught my eye. I snapped several distant photos hoping to get a good enough picture to positively identify this late-remaining flycatcher!
After seeking help from my friends on the Oregon Birding List and Birdfellow.com, it appears to be a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, who sometimes hang around this late.
A female MALLARD hung around in the water - in the spring, we saw a bunch of Mallard and Canada
Goose chicks in the area!
If you're in the area this month, try to stop by and check for fall migrants, and perhaps a late Flycatcher! To find out more about D River Open Space, check out my April 2011 blog...