Sunday birds.

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!