Lunch walk, tricked by a warbler, and Oaks Bottom

April 18, 2015 3 By Audrey

I had a pleasant walk during my lunch break yesterday.

First, I spent some quality time in the parking lot with this charming White-crowned Sparrow.

In my Little Brown Bird class, I learned these sparrows are common in flocks in the winter, and they frequent parking lots in summer. Rather peculiar.

I checked up on the Bushtit nest too but no one was home. Funny, they built their nest right next to the train tracks. I guess the thundering loud noise isn’t enough to deter them from a prime inner SE Portland home.

Bushtit nest

Location, location, location….

Bushtit nest

Bushtits weren’t home, but warblers were! This is what I saw:



The black, white, and yellow colors stood out to me, but I didn’t think it through. I jumped to “new warbler” and “Squeeeed” all the way back to the office. It wasn’t until after I left work to revisit the birds that I saw this:

Yellow rump

The unmistakable “butter butt” of the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Alas, this is a year-round resident and not a migrant, whomp whomp. But, it still made my day.

Plus, it made it easier to identify the yellow-rumps on my walk today around Oak’s Bottom, they were everywhere!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

I didn’t have a lot of time to explore Oaks Bottom before my “getting to know your digital camera” class at PCC, but I did come across a few other birds:

Another peculiarity hanging at Oaks Bottom, a suet of donuts?…just who exactly are they trying to attract?


Sweets and chips,