Nervous Squirrel

A light brown squirrel on a tree branch, looking at the camera and waving its tail so fast it's motion blurred.

I heard chattering and slowly walked toward this tree in a city park. Once I got to it, I stopped, and slowly looked around until I spotted the #squirrel up in the branches, just looking at me and waving its tail very rapidly. I took two photos, then walked away.

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Two crows chased a squirrel across the lawn at a park…

Two crows chased a squirrel across the lawn at a park, one of them swooping down and possibly making contact with its claws (I couldn't quite tell) until it ran up this tree.Then they perched on a nearby fence and waited. When it tried to run down the trunk, they flew at it again and it went back up. One crow perched on another branch of the tree and waited, while the other flew off.

#nature #birds #squirrel #crows

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

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.

Probably a Cooper’s Hawk, also spotted on the same 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.

#nature #birds #hawk

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Cooper’s Hawk (in tree)

I heard a lot of chattering and chirping, then this hawk (Cooper’s?) flew over and alighted on top of a telephone pole. As I was lining up a shot with my camera, some smaller black birds (not crows or starlings, possibly actually blackbirds – I got a couple photos of them too) showed up and it took off down the street, then stopped in this tree just a few houses away.

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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.

#birds #nature #photo

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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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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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.)

#birds #wigeon #nature #photo #coot

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.

#birds #nature #photo #wigeon #duck #swimming

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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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