vaux swifts

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the western tanagers should still be around, same for most west coast flycatchers and warblers though they’re not singing anymore. if you have a chance to go to just the other side of the columbia in WA, ridgefield nwr is an A+ spot, and it’s got an auto tour loop if sitting in a car is less painful than walking

 replied to your post “Running around like I don’t have a herniated disc might maybe be…”

idk portland itself all that well but vaux’s swifts are an urban bird there and pretty much the only swift you’ll see, so if u can’t get out of the city u could still see these guys. they’re not doing their chimney vortex thing at the chapman school yet though unfortunately

Don’t worry, pain isn’t an issue. I’ve decided that pain is fake news, and now I no longer feel that sensation. 

Time constraints and not having a car, unfortunately, are an issue.

The conference is over and I’m about to head to the airport :/ I did get 4 lifers and some regional variants though. Not quite the west coast birding bonanza I was hoping for, but I was probably being too ambitious for staying in a big city.


If you live in LA, you should come to downtown LA tomorrow night at 6PM to watch thousands of Vaux’s Swifts swirl into a giant tornado and fly down into a chimney to roost for the night! 

I watched this last year and it was incredible!

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How can you not love this? I’ve watched this three times and each time am left gasping for breath. This is exhilarating footage. A rare moment when the camera is rolling when something is happening that you literally would need to see to believe.

It has great sounds too. The wind, the swoon of the starlings and the breathtaking laughgasp the girl does when this is happening at about 50 seconds in. I once saw something similar when the Vaux Swifts made their annual migration through Portland at Chapman Elementary School. It is exciting, kinda scary, and mildly psychedelic.

Off to see the swifts tonight!!!
It’s seriously one of my favorite things about Portland, that folks gather in an elementary school playground to watch tiny birds fly into a chimney. I’ll be bringing my wine, cheese, crusty bread and a blanket. 

These are some of my new shop crow friends. I gave them some peanuts as I was leaving work. There was a perimeter of Scrub jays watching. As soon as I walked out of the parking lot one of the Scrub Jays gave a call like “ok boys we aren’t going to win this one” and 5 of them flew off quickly in the same direction. I had never seen so many scrubs at the same time.

I am currently laying in bed and those roof crows are wandering around next door. One of them is making Scrub Jay like sounds and is rifling it’s feathers. I like birds.

Also, I was listening to an episode of Broom With A View podcast while walking home AND tossing peanuts at crows while @beanwitchling and @poppy-finch were talking about birds. I laughed outloud when they name Checked me as “Peanut Lady”!

You guys, it is really hard to not try to teach crows things. I need to resist feeding them from my bedroom window because thst will become problematic. We also joked about them learning that when the doorbell at the shop is out, peanut lady is in, and if you ring the doorbell it brings peanut lady out. We thought we could tape peanuts to the doorbell to start because it not outside their comprehension. However, this would become a annoying problem for everyone else in the warehouse.

I just really love crows.

Also, @poppy-finch an Oracle deck of regional birds might be a good way to go. Since that way you can work their habitat and behavior into the cards. Have you read about the Vaux Swifts of Portland? In September they sleep in a chimney of an elementary school in NW. The Collective Tarot used this imagery in the 4 of Feathers (swords) as a card to represent knowing what you need and expressing your boundaries. The is a lot of other bird imagery in the suit of Feathers, vultures in the 7 of Feathers, a hawk with a message as the Seeker (page) of feathers, Apprentice (Knight) of Feathers as a chatty chickadee, and the Mentor (king) of Feathers looks like a crow to me. So, while it is not a specific bird tarot, it does incorporate some good regional bird imagery.