It's been a good weekend. Yesterday morning began with another boring sunrise...
I walked the dogs all the way to the Sea Scout Base in hopes of finding some good birds. Success. A small flock of scaup there held a lone White-winged Scoter!
I think that was only my second time seeing one in the county. Pretty cool, especially for a motorless bird! A harrier came by while I was scanning...
Lots of Common Goldeneyes along the river but no Barrow's that I could find. No loons either- haven't had any on the Columbia yet this fall, though others have.
This afternoon I went out to Steigerwald Lake NWR to hunt for owls with a friend. We failed to find any Short-eareds, but had some great success with Barns. Two in fact. Neither wanted anything to do with us.
Also around were lots of meadowlarks, a couple of Bald Eagles, oodles of harriers, a kestrel, and lots of people.