Bjorn Hinrichs and I spent the morning birding Lakewood Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods immediately to the north for the Portland Christmas Bird Count. The morning started quite foggy, not burning off until about 10AM. We found the usual assortment of waterfowl on the lake, including the Horned Grebe that has been around for weeks. Towards the end of our walk, Bjorn's son Sawyer joined us. We enjoyed great close-up looks at American Robins and Cedar Waxwings as they fed on berries. Other highlights included two Red-breasted Sapsuckers and four Townsend's Warblers. 


This American Robin was one of many that we saw feeding on various fruiting vegetation in this older established section of Lake Oswego.

Bird List

Lakewood Bay, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Dec 31, 2011

Common Name Scientfic Name Count Action
Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii 110 ---
Wood Duck Aix sponsa 2 ---
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 3 ---
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris 2 ---
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis 1 ---
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola 19 ---
Common Merganser Mergus merganser 8 ---
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 1 ---
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps 5 ---
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus 1 ---
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus 3 ---
American Coot Fulica americana 200 ---
Mew Gull Larus canus 80 ---
California Gull Larus californicus 1 ---
Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens 2 ---
Rock Pigeon Columba livia 16 ---
Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii 3 ---
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus 3 ---
Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna 4 ---
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon 1 ---
Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber 2 ---
Downy Woodpecker Dryobates pubescens 2 ---
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 2 ---
Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri 7 ---
Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica 4 ---
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos 30 ---
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus 29 ---
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus 50 ---
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis 4 ---
Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii 4 ---
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa 6 ---
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula 21 ---
American Robin Turdus migratorius 47 ---
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius 2 ---
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 21 ---
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum 10 ---
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata 4 ---
Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi 4 ---
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus 10 ---
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca 1 ---
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia 26 ---
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis 47 ---
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus 10 ---
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus 30 ---
House Sparrow Passer domesticus 3 ---


We pished up several large mixed flocks, that included mostly Black-capped Chickadees, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Song Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. This Red-breasted Nuthatch was one of a group of three in one flock.


Unfortunately, persistent fog didn't lift until we were almost done, so most of the photos that I took were of the ilk of this Red-breasted Sapsucker shot.

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