Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer birds

In western Oregon it always seems that hot weather and nearly or newly-fledged birds show up at about the same time. On a recent 94-degree afternoon in the eastern slope foothills of the Coast Range, this female Western Tanager took a break from carrying food to its young in the nest just long enough to take a quick drink from the basin of water I offered.
Violet-green Swallows eagerly greeted their incoming parent

Juvenile Turkey Vulture (black head = young bird) swooped down to check me out

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk complained at being frightened away from its meal of baby Robin

Juvenile Chipping Sparrow showing breast streaks not seen on an adult bird


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