There's an abandoned house hosting a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker for the second winter in a row here. I looked for the bird once last winter, but I realize now I was looking on the wrong side of the house. Also, I didn't realize it was abandoned so I was being careful not to creep for too long.
A Rough-legged Hawk was reported in the area as well, so I cruised around checking the foggy fields.
Eventually I found the bird posing way out on a fence with a couple of Red-taileds.
On the other side of the road a harrier kept making a move like she wanted to poop, but nothing was coming out.
Worst feeling. I headed back towards Beaverton after this to visit a place I had only heard about, the small but birdy Commonwealth Lake Park.
It's basically a neighborhood duck pond, and that's not a bad thing. Sometimes it's nice to just look at ducks close up. I had been meaning to get to Crystal Springs for my fix, but Commonwealth Lake served me well.
But wait. This lake was not just all ducks all the time.
My early morning venture into the county was successful. Three new county birds including everyone's favorite, the elusive and magical House Sparrow. Woohoo. Good times!