Cassin’s Vireo

May 2015 РWillamette Mission State Park, Oregon

My only sighting & only photo… and I only saw this for a fleeting moment. Strange how these birds can live amongst us, but remain so hidden.

Cassin's Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Long-tailed Duck

September 2014 – near Seward, Alaska

Once¬†called Oldsquaw, these diving ducks often sport a long tail… though, this one looked a bit shabby… getting ready for a long winter.

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Eastern Kingbird

May 2014 – Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

I was a bit surprised to see this bird… at the very western edge of its range. I’d always associated them with, well… the eastern part of the US. But, here it is, and apparently well documented as it has a band on its leg.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

March 2013 – Sauvie Island, Oregon

As common as these birds are, they’re quite skittish. You’d think a tough little bird like this would stand its ground more boldly, but no.

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

March 2013 – Sauvie Island, Oregon

Not the best photo, but my time with this pair was fleeting… they only appeared for a few moments among a number of other species.

Groove-billed Ani

Groove-billed Ani

Groove-billed Ani

February 2013 – The Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica

A group of these were jumping through the branches along the side of a small slough. I only had a few moments to snap a photo… so it’s not the best, but good enough to post, I suppose.