Welcome to Oregon.

Hope you brought your raincoat.  Hard to believe the weekend started Saturday morning looking like this:


My plan was to finally drive to Tillamook to score a couple of lifers.  Unfortunately by the time I made it to Killin Wetlands the rain had turned to snow...


So, I turned around.  My car is not exactly ready for snow.  When I got home my friend sent me a message asking if I knew where to find a cool birdhouse for his mom for Christmas.  Ooh, the Backyard Bird Shop of course!  I ended up buying a new feeder made of recycled materials that looks much easier to clean than the one I have been using.  My first visitor:


Sunday morning I took the dogs to the dike trail out in Troutdale for a wet walk.  Birds were scarce but we did see a deer and a coyote.  Pretty cool.

Downy Woodpecker

 Sunday afternoon I convinced my friend to join me on a soggy mission to Sauvie Island to track down an owl in what can only be described as a murder barn.  Never found it, but was psyched to see a field of Snow Geese...


And a deer...


This morning the wet weather continued as I headed up to Vancouver.  I spent about an hour at the end of Lower River Road watching birds on what is technically part of Ridgefield NWR.  I was pretty happy to finally find a Rough-legged Hawk (first of season for me)...


 There were a few egrets in the field, one of whom began creeping up on a kestrel.  The kestrel had just caught a snack and I was hoping the egret would try to steal it or do something else interesting...


Nope.  The egret flew away after about five minutes of creeping.  The field also had a flock of meadowlarks occasionally showing themselves... See one?


No?


It's crazy how well that bright yellow can hide in florescent green grass.  And lastly, a Sandhill Crane falling from the sky...


Yup.  It's wet here.  Good times!