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"Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington ... January 2, 3, and 4, and January 23, 2017"
The Trips:

Monday, January 2 ... COLD and WINDY with wind chill in the teens ... quick afternoon trip to look for the Brant reported along LaFrambois Road earlier that morning ... SUCCESS !!! ... briefly saw one Brant and one Greater White-fronted Goose in a flock of hundreds of Cacklers before the flock was spooked ... both geese were new birds for LaFrambois Road ... then headed down Lower River Road to see the thousands of Snow Geese in a field between Vancouver Lake and Frenchman's Bar. Got quick views but because of the wind and wind chill and dusk did not get out of the car to have good looks.

Tuesday, January 3 ... even COLDER and WINDIER !!! ... no luck on the Brant but good views of the Greater White-fronted Goose ... checked out the Shillapoo Lake area and then headed along Lower River Road ... had the amazing experience on Lower River Road of watching at least 10,000 (conservative estimate) Snow Geese fly over from Sauvie Island to the fields near Frenchman's Bar.

Wednesday, January 4 ... and it sure seemed even COLDER AND WINDIER !!! ... spent the day back out at the Vancouver Lake Lowlands looking for a friend's lost dog ... so we birded at the same time ... good news was they found the dog AND I got a new "Vancouver Lake Lowlands" bird - a beautiful Hermit Thrush !!! ... also a brief stop at Vancouver Lake as seen from LaFrambois Road ... didn't stay long, way too cold.

Monday, January 23 ... nice winter day AFTER 9-12 inches of snow, ice, and extreme cold ... pleasant out ... drove Vancouver Lake Lowlands just to see how the area was ... LOTS of tree damage at Vancouver Lake Park, Shillapoo Lake is frozen as well as the majority of Vancouver Lake, and nearly all of the ponds along LaFrambois Road and Lower River Road are frozen. Had to look hard to find open water.


LaFrambois Road:    For more birds seen or photographed at LaFrambois Road ... click here.
Vancouver Lake Lowlands:    For more birds seen or photographed at the Vancouver Lake Lowlands (Lower River Road, Vancouver Lake, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Rufener's Pond, LaFrambois Road) ... click here.


Birds seen, heard, or photographed ... (in alphabetical order):

  1. American Coot ... (LaF, VL)
  2. American Crow ... (LRR)
  3. American Kestrel ... (LaF, LRR)
  4. American Robin ... (LaF, LRR)
  5. Anna's Hummingbird ... (LRR)
  6. Bald Eagle ... (LaF, LRR)
  7. Black-capped Chickadee ... (LRR)
  8. Brant ... (LaF)
  9. Brewer's Blackbird ... (LaF)
  10. Cackling Geese ... (LaF, LRR)
  11. California Scrub-Jay ... (LaF, LRR)
  12. Canada Geese ... (LaF)
  13. Common Merganser ... (LRR)
  14. Dark-eyed Junco ... (LRR)
  15. Eurasian Collared-Dove ... (LRR)
  16. European Starlings ... (LaF, LRR)
  17. Fox Sparrow ... (Shillapoo Lake area)
  18. Glaucous-winged Gull ... (LRR)
  19. Golden-crowned Sparrow ... (LaF, LRR)
  20. Great Blue Heron ... (LaF, LRR)
  21. Great Egret ... (Shillapoo Lake area)
  22.   Greater White-fronted Goose ... (LaF)
  23.   Hermit Thrush ... (LRR)
  24. House Finch ... (LRR)
  25. House Sparrow ... (LRR)
  26. Merlin ... (LRR)
  27. Mew Gull ... (LRR)
  28. Mourning Dove ... (LRR)
  29. Northern Flicker ... (LRR, Shillapoo Lake area)
  30. Northern Harrier ... (LaF)
  31. Northern Pintail ... (LRR)
  32. Red-tailed Hawk ... (LaF, LRR, Shillapoo Lake area)
  33. Red-winged Blackbird ... (LaF, LRR)
  34. Ring-necked Pheasant ... (LRR)
  35. Ring-billed Gull ... (LRR)
  36. Rock Pigeon ...
  37. Ruby-crowned Kinglet ... (LaF)
  38. Sandhill Crane ... (LRR)
  39. Song Sparrow ... (LaF, LRR)
  40. Snow Geese ... (LRR)
  41. Spotted Towhee ... (LaF, LRR)
  42. Western Meadowlark ... (LRR)
  43. White-crowned Sparrow ... (LaF, LRR)


 
Greater White-fronted Goose ... MORE Greater White-fronted Goose images

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Greater White-fronted Goose, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. LaFrambois Road. COLD and WINDY, with temps in the low 30s. Image taken January 3, 2017. Nikon P900.


Hermit Thrush ... MORE Hermit Thrush images

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Hermit Thrush, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Lower River Road. COLD and WINDY, with temps in the low 30s. Image taken January 4, 2017. Nikon P900.



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