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The Orinithologists of Emerson School

On Monday, the 6th of May, i was privileged to accompany the children of Emerson School in Portland on their field trip to Smith-Bybee Lakes. Below is a brief recap and photo essay of the day.

The kids chose to study birds for the current section of their school year  — how COOL is that!  Earlier in the month they graciously hosted me for an hour at the school to put up a slide show of local birds, and hand out a list of local yard birds that was put together by  local expert,  Greg Gillson.  (Pacific NW Birder.  Use by permission fide personal communication).  Yesterday they took to the field.

I was impressed by their retention of bird facts and enthusiasm for field craft.  It was truly a pleasure to be in their company.  They have another trip planned for later in the month to Oaks Bottoms.  Unfortunately, i will be at Malheur NWR at that time so kids, if you’re reading this; remember that the most important asset out in the field is — your EARS!

Of note; i was impressed that a number of parents were in attendance as chaperones.  It was very encouraging to see their involvement with the children’s education.  Mega respect and kudos and  to them!

Thanks Olivia, Tiffany, Ariel and Maureen!  It was a blast and i am deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to share my time with the children of Emerson.

First some pictures followed by a list of birds for the day: (click on any image for a slide show presentation)

List of birds seen and/or heard:

Species Name
Canada Goose
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Osprey
Bald Eagle
American Coot
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch

Also seen, plants in flower:
Lupine
Osier Dogwood
Ball-head Waterleaf
Bedstraw – that was a blast!
Yellow Flag (Water Iris — unfortunately an invasive specie)
Wild Rose
Black Cottonwood
Water Speedwell
Blue Elderberry
Buttercup sp.
Hedge Nettle

Odonata (Dragonflys an Damselflys):
Pacific Forktail
California Darner