July 29, 2012

Kingston Prairie to McCully Mtn.

I went to visit my parents today. I stopped at a wetlands by Stayton to take a peek. Just a few Mallards and a Great Blue Heron were present.

I had such a nice time photographing Kingston Prairie last time, that I stopped again. The peak wildflower season is over, but I rolled down my window to listen and right away I heard what I was hoping to hear: Western Meadowlark. One flew into a close bush and I was able to get a few photos.

The prairie really looks different than it did in May!

On McCully Mtn. I stopped at a gravel road with a Weyerhaeuser gate and walked up the road a little ways. I didn't have to go far to get a view of the clearcuts and lots of bird activity.

Willow Flycatcher

White-crowned Sparrow

Cedar Waxwing

Curious House Finch

American Goldfinch with some seed pod fluff.

Three Song Sparrows

At my parent's house the flowers are blooming.

On the way back by Kingston Prairie I stopped to walk around a little. No birds. But I found a few lone wildflowers.

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