provided by:

Priscilla Sokolowski

Eugene, OR

Photos from personal trips  AND trips with

“Birds of Oregon and General Science” (BOGS)


Bird photography

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Date / Event Description & Sample Photo Photo Album

Special Trips, Events, or Festivals,

Common Redpolls in Eugene, Jan 2, 2018

Two Common Redpolls at EWEB building in Eugene
First found on the Christmas Bird Count Dec 25, 2017
Common Redpolls
Mt Pisgah; Lewis's Woodpecker, Sept 22, 2017

Betsy and I found the Lewis's Woodpecker at Mt Pisgah
A Brown Creeper performed acrobatics 15 feet from us.

Lewis's Woodpecker & Brown Creeper
at Mt Pisgah
Solo Trip, Millrace Path, Sept 9, 2017

I returned to the Millrace to photograph birds of September.
My first Black-throated Gray Warbler; a Warbling Vireo; and lots of Goldfinches

Solo Millrace trip
Solo Trip, North of Eugene Airport, Oct 14, 2016

Stormy weekend: birding north of the airport back roads between storms

Short Trip Report
Solo Trip, North Delta Ponds, Sept 30, 2016

8am, one hour walk along North shore of Delta Ponds east of Goodpasture Is. Rd.
Bewicks Wrens, Wilsons Snipe, Common Bushtit, Greater Yellowlegs.

Cabin Lake, Sept 9, 2016

Priscilla, Marylee and Jennifer went to Fort Rock and Cabin Lake for one day.
Huge numbers of Red Crossbills in all wild stages of molting!
Green-tailed Towhee, Ferruginous Hawks, Mountain Bluebird ...

Lakeview May 17-19, 2016

Three day birding trip to Central Oregon, led by Floyd Weitzel, through Willamalane

Trip Report
Lakeview May 17-19, 2016

Three day birding trip to Central Oregon, led by Floyd Weitzel, through Willamalane

Don Laufer's
Trip Photos
Skinner Butte, April 30, 2016

Seeing a report on OBOL Saturday morning, Janet and I went out to see and photograph the Barred Owl on Skinner Butte

Report & Photos
Fern Ridge April 18, 2016

Common Yellowthroat; Marsh Wren; N. Harrier

Report & Photos
Swallow Pond (Eugene), April 23, 2016

Solitary Sandpiper; Long-billed Dowitcher; Least Sandpiper

Report & Photos
Diamond Hill, Mar 18, 2016

Janet Naylor, Jennifer Haynes and Priscilla went "Owling"
A Western Screech Owl was seen in S.E. Eugene (private residence)
A Short-eared Owl was seen at Diamond Hill Wetlands

Photo album
Day Trip Birding ANKENY and BASKETT SLOUGH with Floyd Weitzel
Jan 13, 2016

Floyd is still leading birding trips through Willamalane Senior Center
This one was a full day at two Wildlife Refuges up near Salem Oregon

Photo album
Row River Nature Park with Coast Fork Birders
Nov 7, 2015

BOGS member Nola Nelson, via Doris, sent out an invitation to bird with a Cottage Grove group called "Coast Fork Birders", loosely under the umbrella of the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council. Marylee and I (Priscilla) accepted the invite and had a nice time birding down there.

Photo album
Eastern Oregon: Cabin Lake, Fort Rock & Summer Lake
June 17-19, 2015

BOGS member Marylee did most of the planning and organizing for a three day Eastern Oregon birding trip taken by her, Jody, Jen, Mary and Priscilla. The place called "Cabin Lake" allows extremely close access to birds bathing and drinking from a cistern-fed dish a few feet in diameter.

Photo album
Klamath Falls with Floyd Weitzel
May 19-21, 2015

Floyd Weitzel arranged yet another great three day trip to Klamath Falls, through his Willamalane Birding Class. As usual he made this trip available to non-class members. Don Laufer took this entire marvelous set of photos, which includes many excellent close-ups!

Photo album
Yaquina Bay with Floyd Weitzel
Mar 16, 2015

Floyd Weitzel took his Willamalane Birding Class to the coast to view shorebirds. This Horned Grebe, a Burrowing Owl and Harlequin Ducks were some of the highlights. Don Laufer took this entire set of photos
Photo album
Newport Peregrins
Aug 5, 2014

Jody Fairchild, Marylee Sayre and I
went to Newport. I photographed Peregrin Falcons, Whimbrels,
a few other shorebirds, and Purple Martins.

Photo Album
50th Anniversary Finley Wildlife Refuge
Corvallis Audubon birding Finley
May 10, 2014

Four of us went on this 8am-Noon bird walk

Click here to read Trip Report

Finley Album
American Avocets
Nesting in Western Oregon
June 16, 2014

Jody Fairchild, Marylee Sayre and I
walked out to the Barn Pond
at Fern Ridge Reservoir from 8:30 to 11:30
to see the nesting Avocets, and Blue-Winged Teal

Photo Journal
Burns, Oregon,
April 11-13, 2014

Birds-of-Prey and Woodpecker tours
Plus some additional exploring

Festival Album

Special Interest Projects

Wood Duck Iridescence
Oct 2 & Nov 11, 2014

When the Sun, the photographer and the bird are all lined up so the photographer is between Sun and bird, iridescence is maximized.
Nothing in the PNW matches the magnificent colorful brilliance of the male Wood Duck

Wood Ducks
Northern Flickers
by Don Laufer, Oct, 2014

Don Laufer shared his great photos of Northern Flickers
feeding in Magnolia trees in Ruff Park in east Springfield.

Northern Flickers
Late October Osprey
Oct 28, 2014

At Delta Ponds in late October I saw an Osprey with a fish landing in a tree. It appeared to be a Bass. The Osprey took a good long time opening up the fish for eating. Here's a slideshow of 15 photos.

Green Heron
Photographic Study
at Delta Ponds
Summer 2013

(Album re-done Oct 2016)
During the Summer of 2013, Green Herons were particulary easy to see and photograph at Delta Ponds along the bike path. This allowed me to study the plumage of the juvenile and adult birds through the months.
*** In the first 9 photos you will see their AMAZING shape changes! ***
The 10th through ~14 photos show side-by-side comparisons of juvenile and adult birds.

Adults have less streaking on sides of chestnut-colored neck. Juveniles have yellow/white spots on wings, and the yellow-white edges of the wing feathers are a little more pronounced.

Lunar Eclipse
April 15-16, 2014

See the entire Lunar Eclipse sequence!
Although clouds began covering the sky before totality, I discovered my camera could photograph the eclipsed Moon through the clouds! Even when my eyes could not see the Moon at all, by setting the ISO to 6400, the increased light sensitivity could detect the copper-colored light of the eclipsed Moon through the clouds!

The exposure time of a photograph (and the aperture size) can be changed; in this case allowing the camera to show the dimmer, more subtle aspects of the moments when the Earth's shadow first begins to "bite" the edge of the Moon. Our eyes shut down too much to see these, because of all the bright light from the rest of the Moon.

For some photos, I changed the exposure time to feature the darker portion of the phenomenon; and for other photos I featured the brighter portions. But for most photos I stayed with a similar setting which best captured what was most interesting to see.

Because I could not keep the Moon centered in the camera field of view especially when I couldn't SEE the Moon, the slideshow is jumpy the Moon appears in a different portion of the frame in each picture.
I apologize for the jumpiness and hope you will enjoy what I was able to capture.

Photo Album
Great Horned Owl Nest
Delta Ponds
Jan - May, 2014

Detailed Journal
with Photos


Beginning in January 2014, I made 8 trips
to Linn county to get some good photographs
of the Short-Eared Owls which were over-wintering there.
This album contains the best photos from those trips.
Short-Eared Owls
of Linn County
March 27, 2014
Horned Grebe

Horned Grebes do not nest in the Willamette Valley. Even their migratory route is generally along the coast. None-the-less we do get a few migrating through the valley each year. These are rare opportunities to see one locally, in breeding plumage. This particular bird was at some distance.
Horned Grebe
Favorite photos taken in the Eugene area,
Sept 2013 - April 2014

Potpourri Album

Birds in Focus

Birds/Photos Posted to eBird or OBOL
(updated ~monthly)

From time to time I go out and photograph a bird which is enough interest to report to eBird and/or OBOL. I add those photos to this particular file (webpage) every time I make another such posting.
Birds of Interest

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