Timberline Lodge. You've seen The Shining, right? Well I didn't head out to this historic Mount Hood lodge yesterday to hunt for ghost twins or rub noses with Jack Nicholson. I just wanted to check out the trails that lead up the mountain from the lodge and maybe see a few birds along the way...
Wildflowers were a big highlight with hot pink paintbrush, lupine, aster, and many more I have yet to identify brightening up the landscape.
While hiking up a thick fog rolled in and the mountain completely disappeared for awhile.
Oh right. Birds. There were some of those too. A young Horned Lark surprised us in the fog...
Later on after the fog passed and the sun came out I found a couple of adults as well.
The most abundant bird of the day was the juvenile Chipping Sparrow. They were everywhere. Never saw a single full-blown adult.
With the sunshine came much better views of... well... everything.
Ok back to birds. The hike down passed through a major Mountain Bluebird party.
Also along the trail were lots of finches. I saw no obvious males which made me very indecisive about the ID- Cassin's or Purple?
As we made our way back down the trail I tried to keep an eye out for raptors. No Golden Eagles or fancy hawks to be seen, but a Prairie Falcon tore through the small group of trees near the bottom of the trail. eBird questioned it, so it must be a good sighting. Har har.
The trees also attracted Clark's Nutcrackers.
It was a good morning! I would really like to explore this area more sometime, and maybe even figure out what trail I was on..