BANK SWALLOWS are known to breed in just a few areas in western Oregon and Washington. Fortunately one colony has taken a liking to a river bank near my home. Today I enjoyed uncommonly good views of this species.
The walk in to the area:
OK - now the birds.
If you look close, you'll see two nestlings!
Not all was peaceful however, the AMERICAN KESTREL below was rebuffed several times during my short visit by alert TREE and BANK SWALLOWS.
Hooded Merganser (female):
Hooded Merganser (brood):