Barn Swallow chicks at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro, Oregon on 7 July 2010 by Greg Gillson.
It's been a hot week at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro, Oregon. Water levels are dropping.
Breeding season is in full swing with spotted juvenile AMERICAN ROBINS obvious throughout the riparian areas.
Some signs of fall migration this week included a GREAT EGRET and a couple of LEAST SANDPIPERS.
Otherwise, it has been rather quiet--at least in regard to any new or exciting bird sightings. The best birding is 6-8 am, before most people arrive. In this heat the birds quiet down quickly as the sun rises higher in the sky. As a result, this week's list of reported birds is much shorter than usual.
Great Blue Heron