Yesterday, Sarah and I helped out at the Festival of the Birds, which is organized by Portland Audubon and several other organizations. Bird enthusiasts of all ages visited Sellwood Park to learn about birds and enjoy the sunny weather. Here are some highlights:
A rehabilitated sharp-shinned hawk was released into the park as a baseball game was played.
During one of our walks, a red-tailed hawk plunged to the ground, but would not fly off with its prey while we watched.
As in previous years, a pair of osprey nested on top of this power pole. The nest is extremely flat and difficult to see without binoculars.
Sarah and I picked up a boxful of tiles donated by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Using stencils and help from Audubon volunteers, visiting children created some nice works of art.
2009 Festival of the Birds List:
Northern Flicker (nest)
Western Scrub Jay
Great Blue Heron
Lesser Goldfinch (nest)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (released!)