We met up with a small group of local birders who immediately put us onto a nesting Great Horned Owl with a single chick. A real bonus we managed great scope views of the birds, which had nested high in the sand bank on the opposite side of the river. During our short stay we further managed Barn, Bank, Tree, and Northern Rough-winged Swallow.
|Osprey on the Columbia River|
More Mountain Bluebird and Ospreys were plentiful including nesting birds, which come back year after year to make use of the various nesting poles. A good selection of Butterflies once again and we’re now beginning to come across various Dragonflies, something else that will give me endless hours of ID bliss.
Bald Eagle, Merlin, American Kestrel, Coopers Hawk and the huge Turkey Vulture made for yet another raptor-fest.
|The Handsome Turkey Vulture|
An evening walk around the site and along the river had of note Northern Flicker, White-crowned Sparrow, Winter Wren and topped off with stunning views of Osprey fishing. Sadly no Black Bears this year, only recently emerging from hibernation it’s unlikely that we’ll encounter any at the lower levels just yet.