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Friday, December 9, 2016

We've got snow!

Something we haven't seen for a few years.....


Snow!  This was taken this morning....ended up with considerably more than what is shown here.


the sun actually came out for a few moments while we were walking...


there were still Bald Eagles out there, like this guy working on a 'fishicle'


and this one....


and ones out there.....hard to believe we went from water to this in less than a week.

With the snow more birds are showing up at the feeders.  Here are a few...


Varied Thrush....


and surprisingly, an American Robin!


a male Northern Flicker (red-shafted).....


a Steller's Jay....


this Red-breasted Sapsucker was another surprise.  Haven't seen one of them for months!



still have trouble getting used to seeing Anna's Hummingbirds out there in the snow even though they seem quite happy.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

FRIGID!

Yesterday it was cold....today it is frigid!


it has been 3 years since we've seen ice like this and what is amazing is how quickly the area froze.  I think todays high was minus 4, hate to think what it was down there at the water with the wind-chill.


never the less we made it over to the park and the log bay.  The interesting thing is that the water is open right at the shoreline...


as is the water in both the log bay (above) and the first bay.  However....


it is a different story 'out there'.  Look at the chop on the water and that is in fairly close to shore.  The river itself is a whole different story.  Lot's of swans out there though...mainly Trumpeter Swans I think, but to tell the truth it was way to cold to hang around and try to get positive ID's


here's another look and a selection of some of the many ducks out there.


remember when we were wondering where the Northern Pintails were?  Well now we are seeing them everyday - at least so far.  I expect that by tomorrow morning there won't be much open water left so not sure where the ducks will be.


and the Bald Eagles?  well most of them are having a ball riding the thermals overhead but of course they do have to stop and eat although it must be getting a bit difficult as all those salmon carcasses are now popsicles.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Clear and cold

Clear and cold!


Didn't get a chance to be out there very much today.  This was the scene for our morning walk.  To get weather like this it means outflow winds from the interior so it can be pretty chilly down by the water....


and as it is even colder out on the river proper, this becomes the scene as the water fowl moves into the more sheltered areas.  The above lot seem to be mainly American Wigeon....



while I'm pretty sure there is a male Eurasian Wigeon right there at the back facing this way. 

Tomorrow promises to be more of the same.  Sunny but even colder, but I'll have to make a concerted effort to see just what is down there.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Disgusted!

Have to say it.....I'm disgusted!  Here we watch the news and see all the snow in Vancouver and places closer to the coast and....


and that is the total extent of what we got!!!

It is easy to tell the weather is shifting though because this morning was the first in weeks when there were no swans out there....just a few way out there...

there were however...


Bald Eagles.....lots of Bald Eagles.....not to mention gulls


and Hooded Mergansers.....

this fellow....


was especially cooperative.... and one could call this....


a Chehalis Estuary Christmas tree!  It was just one of a number decorated like this.

In the afternoon we wandered over to Harrison Bay...


it was pretty quiet over there and as you can see the snow wasn't far away....

we thought we'd found something pretty exciting...


this guy just looked different....thought it might have been that juvenile Golden Eagle that has been seen in the general area, but no, when I got a good look at the pictures, it is a 2 year old Bald Eagle.

There were a few...


Northwestern Crow scattered through the trees.

Most of the song birds were hanging out by the yard with the bird feeders including...


quite a few of these Eurasian collared Dove.


Varied Thrush and Swan haven!

Although it is going to say this report is for today, it is actually Sunday, December 4ths report.  By the time I went through all the photos and sent in a count to EBird I'd pretty much had it....so thought I'd hold off until this morning.

So the first news is that finally spotted....


the first Varied Thrush of the season.  I'm afraid this is one of those 'proof it was there' photos.  Hopefully with the predicted cooler weather we will be seeing them regularly now.

We started the day....


with some sunshine and Trumpeter Swans right down in the boat launch...


they stayed very relaxed and snoozing the whole time we were there.


there were, of course, Bald Eagles there two like this pair arguing over a salmon.


Quite the variety of ducks too seen throughout the day, these being American Wigeon....


'out there' looked pretty much as it has done for the last while....water levels continue to go down slowly.

So at noon finally got over to the park.  How long has it been?  I'd think pretty close to 6 weeks.



here we are at the log bay...you'll note some interesting weather in the distance there.


Some new signs have appeared.  Going to have to find out how to get some of those as we could use some at this end too!


in the bay we had some American Coots (2 at bottom of photo) and some of the many Barrow's Goldeneye in the area.


A pair of Mallard that kept diving, presumably for fish eggs.



and more Trumpeter Swans.....


some of the young ones were putting on quite the show for the appreciative audience.


with so many strangers around there weren't many eagle in close but did spot this 4 year old in the eagle tree as we were leaving.

Later walked back down to our end....


where there were quite a few eagles....here a couple of female Common Mergansers swim by....


some of a large number of Hooded Merganser with one female Barrow's Goldeneye (2nd from the front)

speaking of large numbers.....


just a portion of the large number of mainly Glaucous-wing Gulls out there yesterday with some upside down Northern Pintail in the foreground

and not to be forgotten....


this is just a portion of a flock of Pine Siskin in the area.  So far they are sticking to the tree tops, if they start running out of natural food and decide to head to area feeders we will all go broke!

Speaking of feeder birds....

we tend to forget about these guys....the Steller's Jay as we see them so often....

and...


Anna's Hummingbirds are now the most reliably seen and heard species in the area!  This young male has laid claim to the feeder in our yard and can be found constantly in the nearby honeysuckle bush.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Another rainy day...

Another rainy day, much like most of them lately....


despite it all the water levels continue to drop....which means the Bald Eagles are starting to feed closer to my viewing area.


Swans were in close too, or at least some of them were...think these are Trumpeters, masses of ducks out there too.  I really need to try to do an actual bird count but there are so many I feel sort of overwhelmed.  Hopefully there will be just as many when the Christmas Bird Count people are here.


Mentioned yesterday that we had found Northern Pintail ducks out there.  This one (a male) was in a bit closer.  That is a female Hooded Merganser behind it.  Sorry, I know it is a pretty poor picture.


Here is another not great photo...it was pouring at the time but this shows a selection of the ducks out there, Barrows and Common Goldeneye, American Wigeon, Mallard, a few Bufflehead...and on and on it goes.

Big flock of little Bushtits in the bushes this morning too.  Also heard a robin but still no Varied Thrush....very strange!