Today.

I don't believe in much but I've always felt pretty confident about things happening for a reason.  Today was an excellent example.  It started off with swapping work shifts so I worked the morning instead of the afternoon.  I came home and made some vegan corn chowder, and after two bowls found myself quite comfortable on the couch.  Eventually I kicked my own ass off the couch and headed to Vancouver to walk the dogs along the Frenchman's Bar trail.


Birding was slow along the path, the only interesting bird was a slightly leucistic (or so I assume) White-crowned Sparrow:


I made it to Frenchman's Bar Park planning to head into the woods and look for woodsy birds.  A man with a bouncy off-leash dog on the beach prevented me from going that way, then a random weimaraner was wandering in the parking lot blocking the other way in.  I was pretty frustrated with the situation.  I walked the dogs around the other end of the park but didn't find much going on bird-wise.


Bummed, I decided to leave the park and make my way back towards where I parked.  But as we walked the sun started to peek out...


The lighting was pretty awesome and it cheered me up quite a bit.  I even forced the dogs into an awkward pose on the bike path...


I wished there were more birds around to pose in the awesome light, but this hawk and geese will have to do...


When we got back to the car I decided to keep on walking towards Vancouver Lake.  There were Red-winged Blackbirds perched all along the flushing channel and they made for nice silhouettes in front of the sunset...


We reached an area that was thick with sparrows- a couple towhees, Golden-crowned and White-crowned, and at least one Fox Sparrow.   They loved these trees:


I was feeling much better about our afternoon walk after this and started to head back to the car, but then I noticed another silhouette against the sky.  I thought scrub-jay at first. 


It only took about two seconds for me to realize this was not a scrub-jay and I just about started crying- it was my effing nemesis, the Northern Shrike. 


And so it all made sense- the change in work schedule, the weimaraner, the sun coming out... It was all leading to this bird.


Hell yeah!  I win!!