Oh well, I found some other good spots. On my way down Highway 97 I was surprised to look over and see seven pronghorn standing on a hill looking at me. I didn't realize they could be found this far west. I love them.
I found the meadowlark in charge of hunting on someone's property. He took his job very seriously... Not sure how he held the pen.
It was definitely a good day for Horned Larks. On my last trip I only saw one or two and they were not the pretty adults I saw yesterday. Check out the horns!
And the horns from behind...
It was a pretty nice day out- I could see both Mount Hood and Mount Adams. Here's Adams:
I came across one bird that kinda stumped me. The only bird I can even guess is Say's Phoebe, but it doesn't really sit right with me...
Eh? Then there was this guy:
There were lots of Western Kingbirds around, including this pair that I followed for a bit:
I passed a deer carcass at one point, and on my way back a Turkey Vulture was poised on a telephone pole keeping watch on it. He spread his wings for several minutes at a time in a couple different positions though I'm not sure why. It was pretty damn warm and there was certainly no way he was wet and I can't imagine he was cold. I thought maybe it would help attract other vultures to the deer, but that's kind of a long shot.
That was about it for birds... There were tons of grasshoppers though.
When I got back to Portland I discovered one had hitched a ride in the car with me. Hope they're not invasive. Good times!