Category Archives: birds

BOOK REVIEW: Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest

There’s a new bird book in town: Sarah Swanson and Max Smith, Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest: 85 Unforgettable Species, Their Fascinating Lives, and How to Find Them (Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2013), 244 pp. I first learned of … Continue reading

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Participate in the 2013 Wild Arts Festival 6 x 6 project

Patrick did this in 2011, and painted a bald eagle (photos). Not sure if we’ll do it again this year, but just in case you want to or know someone who does, it’s time to pick up your canvas and … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: paying attention

A thought: Learning the practice of paying attention helps us live more fully and more alive in our landscape, seeing the norms of our neighborhood and learning more about who shares our space. It also lights a fire to find … Continue reading

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BOOK: Falcons in the City

This new children’s book is from a local author and “is based on and inspired by Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger’s work with city peregrines” (source): Lisa C. Manning, Falcons in the City (Portland, OR: Inkwater Press, 2013), 32 pp. … Continue reading

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Festival of the Birds, May 11

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BOOK: The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

In 2012, Richard Crossley published his unique bird guide, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, with a very cool new way of presenting birds for identification. Each bird is shown in its habitat in multiple positions. For example, here is … Continue reading

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Forest Park Discovery Hike with Marcy Houle, April 13

Via The Intertwine: Forest Park Discovery Hike with Marcy Houle Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm Forest Park Conservancy April is prime time for avian spring migration, and in Forest Park birds are going full swing. With the … Continue reading

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Graham Oaks Nature Park in the winter

Although no blue sky was showing, Graham Oaks Nature Park () in Wilsonville is still a nice walk. Afton and I headed there in mid-February (photos). I saw a few birds, including an American Kestrel and a Western Meadowlark. What’s that … Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2013

In mid-February, Patrick counted birds in our backyard for a short period of time to contribute to data collected through the annual Great Backyard Bird Count: We saw Song Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, Stellar’s Jays, a Scrub Jay, Dark-eyed Juncos, a … Continue reading

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The Great Backyard Birdcount, Day #2 (we missed Day #1)

Friday, February 15 began the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Monday, February 18. It is an annual citizen science project from Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that uses bird sightings to assist in bird distribution … Continue reading

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