Here's a few photos of the habitat in the new area I explored (see my previous blog for the first mile or so of habitat). Also see Walt's Camera World blog for a map and more information.
You can see the muddy, wet trail - I keep telling my hubby my Okibashi's (flip flops) are water proof but he doesn't buy it!
I was actually glad I turned back, because I had gotten a brief glimpse at what I thought was a NORTHERN SHRIKE (new bird for me) but hadn't been able to get photos. Coming back, there he was on a post right by the trail - I couldn't get too close, but did get one that's not too bad.
|Fox Sparrow (several)|
Each time I've been, there have been a number of raptors, with the majority being RED-TAILED HAWKS. This visit, there were 4 Red-tails, 2 BALD EAGLE (adults), a WHITE-TAILED KITE, two NORTHERN HARRIERS, and an AMERICAN KESTREL. No owls this trip though.
On the drive home I had some more good sightings with a gorgeous male NORTHERN HARRIER at Tillamook River and eight GREAT EGRETS on a farm near Whalen Island. At Whalen Island I stopped in for a quick look and was excited to see a very early OSPREY! He was harassing (or being harassed by) a juvenile BALD EAGLE. There was a WESTERN GULL involved in the fray as well. Very cool to watch! They all eventually flew off in different directions with no actual contact.
A very good day!