To two younger birders yesterday, I described the male Ring-Necked Ducks at Minto Conservation Area as looking so dapper and so dressed up and put together that it looked like they were ready to go somewhere special. Oscar-quality red carpet ducks, indeed. I love ducks.
Before this weekend, I was holding steady at 115 Oregon birds species until Friday when I saw (finally) a Hairy Woodpecker*. And, not that it was needed, but a Downy flew in and joined the Hairy, and for the first time, I got to see both species side by side. Did I get a photo? I did not. It was a busy place full of excitement and nobody was staying still for that long.
Today, I saw a second Hairy Woodpecker and was able to get one decent photograph.
So where was I this past weekend? I birded in Minto-Brown Island Park on Friday and at Minto Conservation Area on Sunday. The weather hollered “spring!” and I called back by spending as much time outside as possible.
*New Birds for 2018: 1
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 116