Osprey sheltering nestlings from bright sun at nest next to Wheatland Ferry. Look at this juvenile House Finch at Tualatin River NWR. Ever rule is made to be broken and this youngster has deeply notched tail because this tail feathers have not grown out yet. “House Finches have blunt tails,” I am always telling my birding classes. Hah.
He does have the diagnostic curved upper beak, at least.Nutria at Tualatin River: One of several young Barn Swallows beginning their flights, at Jake Price Stables north of Lafayette here in Yamhill County. Note the pale gape on this young bird. Bee happily feeding on lavender flower at Oregon Olive Mill in Dundee Hills.