Golden Gardens City Park - Eugene Oregon

February 23, 2013  •  4 Comments

You know you're bird-crazy when you drive 108 miles to a city where your daughter is going to school to look for a life-bird and barely give your child a second thought.  The good news is that when we called Hillary to let her know we were in her area she was relieved to find out that our birding activities were likely to keep us from interfering with her social schedule :-)   

We were chasing the Palm Warbler that had been found a few days before at Golden Gardens City Park in Eugene.  Jill and I disagree about the specifics involved in our finding this bird; she thinks my version of the story is exaggerated, while I think I am learning to calm down (a bit) and embellish less about the details of finding a lifer.  I say the car was in drive and we were pulling away from the curb after our third unsuccessful visit to the area when I spotted a small bird flying into the trees at the edge of the park that I thought might be the Palm Warbler.  Jill maintains that I had not yet put the car in drive :-)  

The primary benefit of looking closely at Yellow-rumped Warblers for several hours without spotting a similar species is that you quickly know when something different shows up - with or without using binoculars.  The job for us now is to preserve the knowledge gained from that experience for as long as possible :-)  

Palm Warbler (six images)

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The rest of the images from our visit are here


Interactive Map of Golden Gardens City Park (click the name of the park for directions)


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Comments

Jim Maloney(non-registered)
What a fine blog post. High quality photos, friendly message, and nice inclusion of the map. Thanks
Pam Otley(non-registered)
Great photos of the Palm Warbler, Jack, and congrats on adding a new lifer! I appreciate you posting the map as I may wander down the valley from Corvallis (not as long a chase as yours!) to try to see this bird. Very amusing commentary,
too, thanks for the chuckle!
Robert williamson(non-registered)
Awesome pictures and funny comments to go with it. Gotta love those daughters !
adrian(non-registered)
Awesome pics!
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