A mellow 40 miles around Eugene today
Mt Pisgah scenery
Mt Pisgah scenery, take 2
In the middle part of the day I met up with Eugene birder Vjera Thompson for lunch. She dragged Massachusetts native, coworker, and birder Andy Northrup along as well. The three of us had a very nice lunch discussing birding, the disaster that is the 2014 Red Sox, and a myriad of other topics. This was the perfect break from sapsucker hunting. At Vjera's suggestion, after lunch I also rode the Doris Ranch bike path where she has seen sapsuckers previously. While I did not find any sapsuckers, I did fall asleep on a shaded picnic table next to the Willamette river for an hour. It was a much needed nap. Afterwards, I returned to the arboretum for my afternoon round of birding before heading home via Super Burrito. Lots of good food for not much money = perfect!
Me looking creepy, Vjera, Andy
Killing it at Super Burrito for the second night in a row.
Good thing I am spending all my time outside!
Late in the afternoon I received word of a Pacific golden-plover at Fern Ridge Reservoir. It was too late to head out there today, but, as this shorebird hot spot is on my way to the coast tomorrow, I will make a birding stop here on my way west. There was actually a Ruff there today as well. Although I already have this bird for the year, it would be great to see another one if it sticks around until tomorrow. Fingers crossed the plover sticks around as well! It was a juvenile which should help with identification.
Lastly, here is a leftover shot from Haystack Rock that I forgot I had taken. I love the sinusoid of sea foam.