The other day while running some errands I decided to stop at Koll Center Wetlands. It's a neat little place I used to frequently bird-watch, set right in the middle of a business park in suburban Beaverton:
There's a great blue heron rookery there, where once I saw how brutal sibling rivalry can be as one chick had thrown another out of the nest. It's a great place to see all kinds of waterfowl and any shorebirds that may be passing through, and there's a little wooded area nearby to pick up a whole other variety of species as well. On this particular afternoon it was fairly quiet, but the lighting was beautiful:
Most of the 13 species I saw were clustered at one end of the lake, unfortunately making them back-lit for me - not great for photographs. Here's a little pied-billed grebe:
While no species was particularly abundant, the variety in one spot was pretty cool to see. How many different species do you see in the photo below, and what are they? Click to see a larger version.