Well, not me, exactly. I don’t fly. But these birds sure do. I don’t know if they’re geese or ducks or possibly alien creatures masquerading as birds, but they’re pretty. I took this at Riverfront Park in nearby Salem last weekend.
This colorful little bird was taking a stroll through the parking lot outside of Roth’s on Shaff Rd. the other day. I’m not sure what kind it is, though. I had thought maybe it was a European Starling, but I don’t see the spots that seem to be a thing with them. Could it be something in that family? I have no idea what birds exist around here. Whatever he or she is, they’re cute.
This little bird was hanging out on a rock near the boat launch (see yesterday’s photo) at the Santiam River a few days ago.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes has the coolest house guests, and he certainly knows how to bring out the best in them with his camera. His description:
Last year I had just one female Anna’s Hummingbird that stayed all winter. This year I have several still here and a male showed up about a week ago. I have 3 feeders and he thinks they are all his. He spends so much time running the females off he doesn’t get much time to feed himself. I’ll send along several shots I took of him through our dinning room window.
Below are the other shots Denny sent. Thanks, Denny!
I’m not sure how obvious it is from the photo (click on it to see it larger), but there are a lot of birds in the branches of this tree. I count at least twelve or thirteen. I tried to get closer shots of them, but they were pretty far away, and I was behind a fence. I have no idea what kind of birds they are, as usual.
This was taken along the path by the wetland area off of Sunrise Dr.
I went down to the park and ride off of Cascade Highway, just north of Stayton, and spotted this pretty boy or girl getting some food in the swampy pond thing nearby. I think it might be a great blue heron, but I also might be wrong.
This photo is heavily cropped, because he or she was pretty far away.
Guest photographer Tom Miller has a double dose of redwing goodness for today. Above is what Tom calls Mr. Redwing, and below is his female counterpart.
Great photos, as always. Thanks, Tom!