William L. Finley NWR

Yesterday I wanted to visit somewhere I'd never been before so I consulted the good ole Birding Oregon book for ideas.. My initial plan was to check out Marys Peak, and I made it most of the way to the top, but it was so foggy and rainy I gave up.  I headed back down to check out William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge instead...

Outside Corvallis some Wild Turkeys crossed the road in front of me!



It was a good-sized flock!  I've only seen that many turkeys in my hometown in Connecticut...



Too bad I only got fuzzy photos... I forget how crazy they look!

At the refuge I decided to check out the Woodpecker Trail.  I quickly found a Pileated Woodpecker flying around calling loudly...


There were also a few trees filled with kinglets and chickadees...

Golden-crowned Kinglet

This next fella darted over a log when I came around a corner...  I took a couple steps towards him to take a peek, and he peeked back:


Ok so the next bird I saw drove me absolutely nuts.  I heard him and my first thought was that it was the wind-up bird from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.  My next thought was where did he go?  I stalked him for about 20 minutes catching quick glimpses of an eye here and a tail there.  My pictures are as bad as you'd expect in this situation.



I finally figured out it was a Wrentit!  That makes this guy the 5th new bird I saw this week!  How crazy...

It started to rain again so I headed back to Portland, but I definitely look forward to visiting Finley again!