Goodbye to Bear River

I’ve already spent far longer showing the pictures I took at Bear River than I spent then the time I spent there, but I’ve only touched on the birds I saw there. Since I’m ready to move on, I’ll just finish by showing five of my favorite shots of birds I saw there.

I’m not sure if there were two pairs of Sandhill Cranes or if I just saw the same pair in two different parts of the refuge, but it’s always a thrill to see them because of their size and because we don’t see them in the Puget Sound.


Eared Grebes are another bird we never see in the Puget Sound area, though there were several at Bear River.


Pheasants are occasionally seen in the Puget Sound area, but they’re always beautiful.

Strangely enough, I’d spent several days trying to get a decent shot of a Bullock’s Oriole


at Theler, but the tree are much taller there and I never managed a shot nearly as good as this one.

Finally, here’s a shot of what I’m pretty sure is a Short-Eared Owl,


a first for me.

3 thoughts on “Goodbye to Bear River”

  1. I’m so glad you took this journey. The photos have been fantastic. We only get to see the Eared Grebes in their winter feathers. Their breeding plumage is absolutely beautiful. And, I’ve only ever seen and heard Sandhill Cranes on their migratory journeys, circling high in the sky.

    1. Thanks. My intent is to share my joy in nature and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

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