On our last full day in Oregon, we woke to beautiful clear skies, and high hopes of ticking off a few more species, before driving back to Portland in the evening. Steve picked us up again at our motel in the morning, this time we were joined by another birder who was hoping to fill in a few species on her Oregon list (her ABA list was over 700 already - a pretty amazing feat - maybe someday I'll get there too.) I do not remember all the places that we went in search of birds this day. One place I do know that we hit was an area known as the "GW burn" where we had brief looks at Three-toed Woodpecker (not long enough for a photo though) and much as we tried,were not able to relocate the bird or a nest cavity. We moved on to another area where we added Pileated Woodpecker to our growing list of picidae, but off in the distance I spotted something that was easily as exciting as any species we'd seen yet.
Another bird in this area that I was not expecting but always happy to see were a few Grey Jays:
And soon after, keeping with the "grey" theme, we encountered a beautiful adult Great Grey Owl.
We then loaded things up into the rental car and headed back to Portland, where we spent the night at a very plush comfortable hotel near the airport thanks to some amazing pricing we got to Priceline.com.
Oregon is a beautiful state, and although we really only saw a very small part of it, thanks to the scenic coastlines, wonderful people, and great birding opportunities, it was a great trip that I would recommend to anyone - birders and non-birders alike.