But even with the ups and downs of the temperatures and the variety of precipitation, spring migration is underway.
My last few weeks have been a blur of classes, hikes and birding outings. The Tuesday morning Birding by Ear program with the East Cascades Audubon Society has been a great look at the seasonal changes in bird composition at Sawyer Park. Warblers, swallows, flycatchers, finches, sparrows - each week seems to bring a new member to the park.
The backyard has also produced some great moments of evening and black-headed grosbeaks, Cassin's finches, American goldfinches, California quail, pine siskins and rufous hummingbirds. Gone are the juncos and the golden-crowned sparrows. Pygmy nuthatches have taken over two nest boxes and nest building by house finches continues in the backyard.
Deschutes County Big Year to date: 150 species.