Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Birding/Photo Project 2013

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer
Sage Sparrow singing at Quilomene Wildlife Area, Old Vantage Highway, WA.
Sage Sparrow singing at Quilomene Wildlife Area, Old Vantage Highway, WA.

Yesterday I was in Eastern Washington and  made a few stops on the Old Vantage Highway.  Within a couple hundred yards of the highway I found this Sage Sparrow singing non-stop.

Male Mountain Bluebird landing on a fence, Old Vantage Highway.
Male Mountain Bluebird landing on a fence, Old Vantage Highway.

Off the dirt road at the Quilomene Wildlife Area entrance, there is a nesting pair of Mountain Bluebirds.  I like this image because it seems like he's about to crash into the fence post.

Sage Thrasher, Old Vantage Highway.
Sage Thrasher, Old Vantage Highway.

There were a few Sage Thrashers around, but they were not as vocal, and a bit shy about getting their picture taken.

California Quail Ginkgo State Park, Wa.
California Quail Ginkgo State Park, Wa.

At the Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center a pair of California Quail were milling around.  This is the  male, as he walks away from me.

Just taking a break on the wire.
Just taking a break on the wire.

I did a quick drive through the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and found a pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

He's looking around to find the other male Red-winged Blackbird singing in the area.
He's looking around to find the other male Red-winged Blackbird singing in the area.

Red-winged Blackbirds are starting to call and defend their territory, this one was in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.