July 10, 2010

Birding WA county continued...

On July 4th we started the morning in Jackson Bottoms. We continued on to Killin Wetlands. I had only been there once before. Our goal for the day was to photograph some butterflies, but alas the sun disappeared!

Hello snake, you are not a butterfly.
Killin Wetlands was a bit quiet. I've been told it's just the time of year. So we moved on...

We drove up Killin Road and saw this fellow. It's a Chipping Sparrow. I don't think I've ever seen one and he was quite a beauty.

You can tell I took this through the fence. We were actually in the car driving down the gravel road, so I rolled down the window and got the photo. Also along the road were Grey Diggers (California ground squirrels), Northern Flickers, and White-crowned Sparrows.

We are trying to collect more "farm" photos for our notecards and this will be a winner I think.
From there, we drove to Vernonia and refueled with a warm cup of coffee. We then headed up the Scappoose-Vernonia "Hwy". There were many turnouts to explore. This clear-cut was full of fun things to see. I'd love to visit it again. Sadly, the clouds continued and even a few sprinkles and NO butterflies.

I bet hummers like this flower, probably in the mint family.

This would be a great place to go back to pick blackberries.



I wasn't sure if this was a Olive-sided Flycatcher or Western Wood-Pewee, but one of my bird expert friends confirmed it is an Olive-sided Flycatcher. One of the things I love about this photo: see the bird on the left in the background? A Western Tanager! I saw one out there, but didn't see it when I was taking the photo.

A hummer liked this dead branch too.

A couple of deer were spotted trotting off.

Junco singing his heart out. Also seen at this site: White-crowned Sparrows, Towhees, Robins, Goldfinches, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, and heard Swainson's Thrush.

The flowery meadows added a bit of sunshine to the cloudy day.
We continued on to Sauvie Island...more next time.


  1. Wonderful images! I especially enjoyed the scene with the mountains in the distance and the daisies in the foreground. I'm still challenged to capture scenery the way I would like. And that one does it for me. Also love that last image. Meadow flowers are so refreshing.

  2. What Fun! I've GOT to continue my Central Oregon posts....I'm lagging behind you.

  3. Well you didn't see any butterfly, but looks like you saw just about everything else. Must have been a beautiful drive anyway.

  4. Love the meadows and the birds and the snakes and the Queen Anne's Lace (cowslip? I do not know what cowslip looks like but I know this flower as Queen Anne's Lace)!


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