Yesterday we spent a fruitless day searching for Lapland Longspurs that had been observed between Bend and Sisters. Mixed in with a flock of Horned Larks, we scoured several fields to no success. Though we located a Great Blue Heron standing in a newly plowed field, American Kestrel dive-bombing a Red-tailed Hawk, Pinyon Jays and a couple of Clark's Nutcrackers, we didn't find the larks or longspurs.
So this morning when we set out for a Barred Owl reported down at Farewell Bend park, I was less than optimistic. Fortunately, that feeling turned positive.
Nice to see one of the reported birds now and then.