So we finally get to Oregon - and the nonstop flight was good but LONG - and Li'l Nib got his first view of Portland:
Anyway, we got to our friend Sarah's house in our rental, and on Tuesday morning (after picking up our luggage) we took a quick trip up to Washington state so Li'l Nib and I could say we'd been there!
We also saw this raptor:
Later that day, I finally got a chance to do some real birding at this HUGE and beautiful rose garden in Portland. Check this out:
NOTE: I am sitting in the Oregon Trail Lodge in Gold Beach, OR, after driving from Portland today. The internet connection is S-S-L-L-L-O-O-O-O-O-W-W-W, so I may not make it to the end of this post.
We also saw this Western Scrub-jay
I'll pile on some pictures of the gorgeous Oregon coast:
Little Whale Cove:
At Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area:
Li'l Nib learning about whale bones
We saw a couple of elk but I didn't get a photo; life mammal!
Not a lot of birding opportunities, but I did see this gull:
We're now in Rhonert Park, my former home for a brief time, with Dr. Matty McMatterson. We had a lovely Thai meal last night, and who knows what today will bring? I'm hoping to see some good western hummingbirds at Matty's feeder today!