Probably a Cooper’s Hawk (in tree, full)

Probably a Cooper’s Hawk, spotted on a walk this afternoon. It flew up to a telephone pole, alighted there for a few seconds, and as I was trying to line up a shot with the camera, it took off again, then flew a few houses down the street to perch in this tree.

I also posted a closer crop on my *ahem* @AddHawk account

#hawk #birds #nature #photo

A medium-sized brown bird with black stripes on the tail, mottled white/gray on the wings and head, yellow eyes and a sharp, hooked beak, perched on a tree branch and backlit with sky and green leaves behind it.

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This bluebird was perched near this tree, possibly even on the same post…

This #bluebird was perched near this tree, possibly even on the same post, but the moment I snapped the shutter, it flew up to a nearby roof. So I tried to get a decent angle on it, and was about to walk away when it flew back to the tree, landing on this post, grooming itself for a few moments, and then stopping to look around.

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A small bird with a blue head and wings, orange breast, white belly and black beak and legs, perched on a post, facing left. The background is blurred rough bark.

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An outdoor mall extension completed in 2020. Which wasn’t exactly ideal timing…

An outdoor mall extension completed in 2020. Which wasn’t exactly ideal timing.

The courtyard was at least someplace they could set up chairs and signs reminding you to keep your distance. I saw a few people walking through on their way to somewhere else (like I was), and could hear an exercise class running in the parking structure next door.

#mall #empty #reflection #fountain #photo

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Who knew a hawk could be a birb?

Who knew a hawk could be a #birb?

Spotted in a park. Probably a Cooper’s Hawk.

I heard a lot of chirping from this tree, and saw a cluster that looks like it could be a nest near where this hawk was standing guard. It just kind of looked around the whole time even as I walked past the tree. If it was standing guard, it must have been able to tell I wasn’t a threat.

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Who knew a hawk could be a birb?

Who knew a hawk could be a birb?

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Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park

Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park in Portland, Oregon. Photo from a trip in 2013.

TBH, though, Atlas Obscura got better photos than I did

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I heard the squirrel chattering, then turned to look for it and spotted it up in a magnolia tree

I heard the squirrel chattering, then turned to look for it and spotted it up in a magnolia tree. Surprisingly, it held still while I walked around the tree to get a better angle. Then after I took a few more pictures, it jumped off the branch onto a nearby house-turned-museum.

One of these days, after it’s opened again, I’m going to have to actually visit the museum and not just the park.

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First time I’ve noticed a Northern Flicker…

First time I’ve noticed one of these birds, but they’re apparently all over North America: A Northern Flicker, a type of #woodpecker.

(I was kind of annoyed that it was on the shaded side of the tree, but I can’t really blame it. The late afternoon sun was really bright.)

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A couple of Black Phoebes spotted in the cherry grove.

A couple of Black Phoebes spotted in the cherry grove.

Some days I spot a lot of birds at these gardens, some days (like on this one) I mostly just hear them. Though I was at least able to *see* some red-tailed hawks circling way up in the sky, even though I couldn’t get any photos of them.

#birds #photo #nature #blackphoene

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Cherry blossoms are coming in at the local botanic gardens

Cherry blossoms are coming in at the local botanic gardens. They have a grove with multiple different cherry trees in various stages of waking up for spring (some with a few flowers, some with more flowers and leaves, some still bare), and a few scattered trees elsewhere in the garden – some of which are already covered. But the tree in the fourth shot isn’t even in full bloom yet!

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I went back through my photos and found one where you *can* see the green …

I went back through my photos and found one where you *can* see the green on the male wigeon’s head!

Here’s a male and a female, plus a coot. The coots were scattered around the entire pond, while the wigeons were mostly at one end (probably not coincidentally, the end where people were more likely to stand around tossing bread into the water. Right next to the sign saying not to feed the birds, especially not bread.)

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Two Wigeons and a Coot.

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Call your doctor if you experience double wigeon.

Call your doctor if you experience double wigeon.

There were SO MANY wigeons at the pond that day. A lot of the males were making this whistling sound like a squeaky toy and making a big display of flapping their wings. Duck waving, I suppose you could call it.

The males’ heads also had this green iridescence, but I couldn’t capture it.

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I saw a few dozen wigeons swimming in the pond as well. Some of them were swimming in male/female pairings, while some of the males were making whistling/squeaky noises and displaying their wings.

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Black Phoebes are one of those birds that I never noticed until a couple of years ago

Black Phoebes are one of those birds that I never noticed until a couple of years ago, but now I see them *all the time*. I’m fairly certain they’ve been here all along and I just wasn’t paying enough attention to birds before.

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