We spent the morning plying various trails of the Sandy River Delta Park, which is also know as the 1000 Acre Dog Park in Troutdale, Oregon. Besides outstanding, unobstructed, views of a two Yellow-breasted Chat we saw more Lazuli Bunting this morning than we've seen, in total, during the three and half years that we've been birding.
Our most notable sighting was a large, mostly black hummingbird that flew by, appearing to intermittently stop (or dramatically slow its wing beats) and glide while on its way to black berry bushes about 50 yards away. We chased it but did not get a picture of this peculiar hummingbird.
A Cedar Waxwing constructing a nest:
A cooperative Rufous Hummingbird:
Lazuli Bunting (female):
Yellow-breasted Chat (mouse-over for full screen slideshow controls):
Recently fledged American Robin:
On the morning of June 5th, Jill and I went back to the park to see if we could relocate our mystery hummingbird. What we found was a male Anna's Hummingbird demonstrating an undulating flight pattern very similar to the behavior that caught our attention during our first visit to this same location a few days earlier - we consider our mystery solved.
We hoped to also find the Eastern Kingbird, and Red-eyed Vireo that others reported seeing in the same general location. Thankfully, we found the Eastern Kingbird but dipped on the Vireo.
The presence of three Bullock's Oriole was a pleasant surprise for us.
Below is a slideshow of several views we enjoyed from within this large park and birding hotspot.