I set out yesterday morning on an adventure down the valley to look for some interesting birds... I did not check the weather forecast. It ended up raining somewhere between steadily and angrily all day long. I took 123 pictures of which I kept seven. SEVEN.
I will jump to the most exciting bird of the day:
It's true. As this crappy photo indicates, the Blue Jay was the best bird of the day. East coasters might be scratching their heads, but here in Oregon we don't see Blue Jays very often. Bald Hill Park in Corvallis was my last birding stop of the day, and the first one the dogs were able to accompany me at. We walked around in the downpour for an hour and a half before finally finding this bird. I whipped out my camera for four quick shots before throwing it back in the safety of my waterproof bag.
I won't go into all the failures I accomplished yesterday, but I will share this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk taking a poopoo at Ankeny NWR:
When all was said and done I realized I had a great time regardless of the rain, the dips, and the long, stinky, wet drive home. It was just so ridiculous. The icing on the cake was getting home and finding out I had driven RIGHT past a Snowy Owl. Twice. Yep. Can't win em all...