The Wilsonville Double-Take

June 06, 2013  •  3 Comments

This morning I chased the NORTHERN BOBWHITE found by Jeff Hayes in Wilsonville yesterday.  As it turns out, my cell phone app is no match for Jeff's mimicry. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a nice place to spend a half hour with camera in hand, listening to a tinny-recording of a rare bird.  

The only notable observation that I have to share with you from this outing other than the large number of Mercedes Benz that drove by well in excess of the posted speed limit is the brief appearance of a small wet bird atop a blackberry bush located a few meters off the street.  

It was a great field ID challenge for me. Without giving too much away; the bird was out of place, soaking wet, and perched in a unusual manner.

While most birders will ID the species immediately, my hope is that beginner to intermediate birders (like me), will struggle with the ID as much as I did.

Two images responsible for most my uncertainty are below:  

 


A full set of images are here - but make your guess first :-)



Comments

Bonnie(non-registered)
yes, a freshly bathed bedraggled Red Breasted Nuthatch
Nels(non-registered)
Hi Jack. That is the wettest, most bedraggled Red-breasted Nuthatch I've ever seen. I must admit, I checked photos of B&W Warbler and B.Kingfisher before settling on the nuthatch. Don't feel too bad about your field ID on this wet little guy. Seeing the bird in the field, it's size (for me) would have immediately ruled out any consideration of B.Kingfisher and would have caused me to immediately check the B&W Warbler against photos of the RB Nuthatch. Interesting find in this location.
Mr bill(non-registered)
That's random. Is it RBNU?
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