We ran out to Champoeg State Park over the lunch hour today to look for Chipping Sparrow in the same area we found two of them last year - we're hoping to locate a nesting-pair. We did not find the sparrow, but we did find and enjoy two birds in particular, a Myrtle Warbler and two Turkey Vultures. The later, I had read about the night before in Noah Strycker's latest book, "The thing with feathers: the surprising lives of birds and what they reveal about being human". I will not give up the story line - but I will say the account of his earliest efforts to study and photograph the Turkey Vulture is both entertaining and enlightening. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to observe this species in close-proximity so soon after reading Noah's book.
I think everyone knows the difference between a warbler and vulture so I have omitted image captions:) But I will say that Jill and I find the eastern (Myrtle) warbler much less frequently than the western (Audubon's) warbler. Which has a yellow throat, plainer face, no white stripe above the eye (supercilium), and a white wing patch rather than white wing bars. We were very happy to be able photograph the eastern subspecies in near perfect light, from a reasonable distance.