Thankfully I completely disregarded the weather forecast this morning and went out to look for some birds. The weather was on my side (all day!) and the dogs and I had a nice walk at Kelley Point Park and then another at Force Lake. Kelley Point was buzzing with bird activity even though I didn't see that many... A funny little Bewick's Wren came over to have a chat with me:
Force Lake actually had a greater variety of birds including a pair of Ring-necked Ducks:
A lone Ruddy Duck:
There are always at least a couple Pied-billed Grebes at the lake, but today there was one that looked a little funny...
...because it was NOT actually a Horned Grebe.
I returned home from my morning of birding to eat lunch and start tackling my to-do list. I figured I would start with steam-cleaning the spots on my carpet so I took my new steam-cleaner out of the box and looked at the instructions. Step 1: charge the battery for 12 hours.
I could have easily moved on to some other tasks but instead drove out to Hillsboro to the Intel campus to look for some recently reported Barn Owls. I wandered around the huge parking lot looking into each tree hoping for some luck. After about 15 minutes I heard someone whistling and turned around to see some arms waving. Figured it was someone who knew what I was looking for and knew better where to look.
Indeed! It was Rhett the owl whisperer himself. I joined him, his wife, and his friend, and was treated to the sight of not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Barn Owls!
Yay for lifer #378! High fives all around!