When the sun popped out yesterday afternoon, I ran out the door with the dogs before I was even sure where we were going. I was driving towards Vancouver when I remembered the good birds at Steigerwald Lake NWR, and the fact that dogs are allowed on the dike trail along the south side of the refuge. I've never walked the trail but a surprisingly sunny afternoon seemed like the perfect time to check it out.
I watched a male harrier hunting in the first big field we passed. The wind was incredible but he just kept on trucking like it was totally calm.
Farther down the trail there was a Say's Phoebe perched on the fence. I have seen them several times but never so close-up.
The trail is closed off after a couple miles where the dike continues on through private property. The dogs and I turned around and quickly found two female Mountain Bluebirds bug-catching from the fence we had just passed.
There had been just one female in this area before, so I am glad she has a friend now. On the way back I stopped to watch the phoebe again...
The clouds started blowing in at this point and we made our way back to the car. Good times!!