Okay so I am nowhere near where I thought I would be in total birds photographed this year. I'm also not getting outdoors enough. I did a scouting trip for my upcoming Columbia Gorge Waterfall Photo Workshop (June 8th & 9th, more info on the Worskshop page) and we stopped by Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. What a great place, lots of birds and I picked up the following two for my year list.
I like jays and corvids in general. Next to shorebirds corvids are my favorite group of birds. They're so smart! This one was jumping from post-to-post watching something in the grass. It also has a deformed bill, which seems to be happening more and more these days.
I only had the Canon 100 to 400 mm zoom lens with me, since I was shooting waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge, but I think not shooting tight makes this image work. The thistles balance the frame and you can even see part of a spider's web, connecting everything together.
Okay, so now I'm at 97 bird species photographed this year.