Most times when I’ve seen the common goldeneye on the river, it is quite a distance away and I can’t get a clear shot of it. This one was much closer to the river bank so I was able to get a better shot. It was a gray day so the photo could almost be a black and white except for the golden eye.
The Les Schwab Amphitheater at the Old Mill here hosts concerts and events throughout the year. The back of the stage has had beautiful murals painted on it. The first mural was of a bee and last year they changed to an owl. The backside of the stage also has a mural visible from the river.
This bird landed in a tree outside my office window this week. It was the first time in 15 years that I’ve seen a bird this large land in that tree. It scared all the little sparrows away and stayed just long enough for me to grab my camera and get one shot off. I’m thinking it is a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk but I’m not sure. We looked through all of our bird books and that seemed to be the closest. Any other ideas?