Thursday, May 17, 2012

Eastern Washington

Bullock's Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
We were in Eastern Washington when we decided to do some birding. We walked down this little pathway that lead to a grass field; that had a fence around it. So, we walked along the fence lined with tall cottonwoods. We could hear birds singing and then Simon finally spotted a Bullock's Oriole and then its pair joined in. 

#263! One bird at a time, but we are having fun with our big year! Below are some other birds we saw and got good pictures of. 

American Goldfinch

As we walked on we came could see the river on the other side of the fence and then we spotted a American Goldfinch in a short tree. Very cute little bird! 

Song Sparrow

A Song Sparrow jumped up on some reeds and we were hoping for a wren, but no luck! 

Spotted Sandpiper

Across the river we spotted this lovely Spotted Sandpiper; which is becoming one of my favorite shorebirds in their breeding plumage.

Red-tailed Hawk (Rufous Morph)

This guy was calling out for its mate for a good ten minutes before he flew away. The picture would have been perfect if I would have had my camera set right. The story of my life! I really must work on paying attention to how my camera is set. 

Happy Birding!! :)

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