Birding and Fishing

I’ve long said that fishing and birding are quite similar. So, when Logan wanted to go fishing I volunteered to take him, even though I no longer fish, and haven’t done so for years. Logan told me that he would try to choose sites that had both fish and birds.

He even spotted my first two birds, this Double-Crested Cormorant

and this Kestrel.

Unfortunately, his first location didn’t have many birds or fish, so he directed me to a larger pond a few miles away where we both had a little more luck.

After seeing my first-ever Long-Tailed Grackle in Utah a few weeks before, I thought I had caught my second look at one. Turns out I was wrong. According to Merlin, this was a Common Grackle, another bird I rarely see living in the PNW.

This Pelican that we saw as we approached the lake was probably proof that there were fish to be caught.

The shot of the day, though, was this shot of a Swainson’s Hawk.

I thought the shot I’d captured of a Swainson’s Hawk flying overhead at Malheur a few weeks before was as good as I’d ever get, but this hawk refused to fly away even when I approached closer than I normally would. Considering it was perched just above a busy sidewalk, it appeared largely indifferent to humans.