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I love urban critters. Any animal that can survive in the man-made world is my kind of animal.
I love cities too. Right now my favorite city is the city I live in, lovely Portland, Oregon.
That brings us to this print. I wanted to showcase my favorite urban birds. The ones we see everyday, and the ones that give us a thrill with a rare sighting.
This print features both kinds of Portland's local birds. The pair of pigeons wandering under your feet (if you notice, there are always two or more, they mate for life!), and the noisy crows who wake us up when we're trying to sleep in on a lazy Spring Sunday. It also showcases the birds that are exciting to spot in an urban environment. If you're in downtown Portland and a bunch of birds are making a lot of noise and causing a scene, you'll probably find the Old Town Hawk nearby. The Official Bird of the City of Portland, the stately Great Blue Heron can be seen mostly along the river banks but has been known to make appearances in Pearl District parks.
Seagulls, scrub jays, robins and flickers can usually first be detected by their sounds, circling in the skys and yelling, (Herring gull) or making the loud "SHRENK!" sound that is the calling card of the gregarious scrub jay.
Let's not forget the honkers, Canda geese who nest along the rivers and particularly like the Sellwood neighborhood. And the Mallards, who vigorous wing flapping always makes me laugh,
I also included the Vaux swifts whose annual appearance in the fall is a show that many Portlander's attend every night while they're making their annual migration. The Chapman School's chimney is where the roost every night, and where people picnic on the lawn to watch them cram themselves into the chimney after forming an amazing bird vortex in the sky. The Cooper's hawk does a great job as the Evil Villain, waiting from a tree or a wire to catch the first tired swift who dives into the chimney. It is really quite exciting.
I tried to capture the spirit of Portland's charming bird residents in this print. I hope you enjoy it.
Measures 8.5 x 11 inches, signed.

PLEASE NOTE: These are printed by me, on my printer, they are not mass produced. Like most stuff on Etsy. Just thought I should make a note of that.

A Guide to the Birds of Portland Oregon print



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