Some San Diego birds
- You can see and hear him in action in the following video:
Great Blue Heron
To describe my lifelong fascination with flight and with creatures that fly I like to echo the words of John James Audubon who in 1839 wrote of himself as "...one who never can cease to admire and to study with zeal and the most heartfelt reverence, the wonderful productions of an Almighty Creator."
Yesterday some friends took us to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in Portland. Lots of beautiful rhodies and azaleas are blooming right now, and the constant movements and sounds of birds made it even more colorful and eye-catching. Of course, none of the others could really compete with the male Wood Duck in the "showy" category, but he was certainly not as cute as his offspring which his mate was watching over.
Today I saw confirmation that the Western Bluebirds are planning to nest in the box I placed at 700 ft. elevation in the foothills of the Coast Range in western Yamhill Co. The female carried in some nesting material, and the male went in to inspect her work.