Great hospitality

It may come as a surprise but I did NOT go to Ridgefield today.  Nor did I go looking for kinglets.  Today I did something totally different…. I went to a private residence in NE Portland to see if I could join the numbers of those who have seen an ovenbird.   I recently reestablished my membership to the Oregon Birders List with some help from my friend, Sally.  When I signed on I saw alll sorts of traffic about seeing an ovenbird in Portland.  I checked my ID book and saw that the bird is normally not west of Montana or Wyoming.  Yes, this is a rare sighting in Portland, Oregon.  Climate change?  The OBL threads gave very specific information about where to find the bird… right down to the address of the people’s house.  I saw lots of comments about how friendly the homeowners are.  Then I got sidetracked by kinglets and such for a few weeks.  I woke this morning and realized that the weather is about to get rainy again and I might still have a chance to see the ovenbird.  I stopped to pick up a box of one of our favorite teas as a thank you gift and headed to NE Portland.  On arriving I went to the front door to ask permission to visit their yard.  A sign on the door greeted me with “Birders…. you are welcome to walk down our driveway and enter our backyard for a chance to see the ovenbird.  We welcome you!”  Wow… what a great way to fend off the crowds and still provide access.  I grabbed my camera, put on another coat and gloves and headed for the backyard.  As I reached the fence/gate I saw 3 guys sitting in lawn chairs bundled up in blankets.  One video camera on a tripod, 3 pairs of binoc’s and one digital camera.  They began pointing to an area under a tree and I got my first glimpse of the ovenbird.  I entered as quietly and unobtrusively as I could and joined the others with a “hello”.  Shortly after getting settled in I began seeing birds that I normally do not see around my place or where I frequent.  So I dialled in the camera and began having fun.  Some of the shots are provided below.  It was great fun to just sit comfortably (cold, but comfortable) and watch hummingbirds, warblers, grosbeaks, bushtits, sparrows,  a northern flicker, and the ovenbird come in for food or water, retreat and then repeat over and over.  I got a chance to say thanks to the daughter of the homeowner and she gratefully accepted the box of tea.  The whole experience felt like a win-win.  I’m impressed with their hospitality and grateful for the opportunity they provided.

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ISO 6400, 1/1000, f/5.6, D800, 300 mm f/4

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ISO 6400, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, D800, 300 mm f/4

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ISO 100, 1/640th sec., f/4, D800, 300mm f/4

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ISO 6400, 1/1000 th sec., f/5.6, D800, 300mm f/4

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ISO 6400, 1/1000 th sec., f/5.6, D800, 300mm f/4

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ISO 2800, 1/1000 sec., f/5.6, D800, 300mm f/4

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ISO 6400, 1/1000th sec., f/5.6, D800, 300mm f/4

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