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Cottonwood Canyon State Park

June 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We birded Cottonwood Canyon State Park yesterday from the visitors center downstream approximately a mile and a half.  We tallied 18 species, most of which we rarely get to see in our regular birding spots near home in West Linn, Oregon.  The best observations for us were unusually close views of eight White-throated Swift visiting nests located low on the cliff just a short distance from the trailhead, a pair of Bullock's Oriole working a new-nest, two Ash-throated Flycatcher, several Western Kingbird and one Eastern Kingbird.  Our eBird Checklist is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46274708

The second largest state park in Oregon.

Trailhead:

 This White-throated Swift immediately stood out among the many Cliff Swallows in the area:

We were thrilled when a bunch more showed up and started working nests low on the cliff:

Next up was a surprising number of Bullock's Oriole.

We found three pairs, and we were able to locate one pair's nest.  A first for us:

We enjoyed close views of a Lazuli Bunting on territory at our turn-around point:

Looking up river heading back to the visitors center:

The variety of species picked up considerably on the way back.

Say's Phoebe:

Ash-throated Flycatcher:

Western Kingbird:

Eastern Kingbird:

California Quail:

Western Tanager:

And, lastly another Say's Phoebe with young at the visitor's information center:

Five hungry chicks - count em!


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