Charlie moving so fast I couldn't get him in focus!
Scenery leaving La Grande, OR
Climbing the east side of the Blue Mountains
on Tollgate road
View from top of Tollgate in Blue Mountains
The scenery dried out as I descended to the west
There were a few roadside birds today. Along the road in the mountains I had Red-breasted nuthatch, Mountain chickadee, Townsend's warbler, Orange-crowned warbler, MacGillivray's warbler, and Ruby-crowned kinglet. I thought I might get lucky and pick up White-headed woodpecker today, but it was not to be. I am sure I will get this bird at some point.
I have been putting a lot of thought this evening into how I want to handle the next week or so. As always, I have a number of options, and each has advantages and disadvantages. I feel that I really have a lot of time to work with right now. With time come options, and options require research and planning before a final decision is made. It will be a fantastic feeling to actually start birding again after such a long stretch of riding and logistics. Its been 8 days since I last did any real birding and added a bird to the year list. My host saw a Vaux's swift down the street from her house today. Maybe I'll get one tomorrow to break the streak of day without a year bird.
Stick with me, there will be more birding and new birds coming soon!