Both my husband and I have family in the Redmond, Oregon area in central Oregon.
We have been looking forward to a mini-family reunion there for about six months. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a five-day getaway was cut short due to an unexpected business trip Tygh has to attend which required us to leave earlier than everyone else. We packed a lot into our 36 hour stay.
First stop, my brother-in-law’s house to visit with our sweet nieces…
Later that afternoon, back at our rental house in Eagle Crest, there was some game playing happening with grandma, Sophie and Anthony.
And afterward, Anthony joined us on a walk up the hill behind the house where we had some great views of the mountains, butterflies, chipping sparrows trilling in the trees and several Common Nighthawks that proved to be elusive photo subjects. We first heard them calling to each other in the sky, a sort of peent peent sound. A scan of the sky revealed two of them flying acrobatically through the air, their white wing bars very visible in the late afternoon sky. We scanned every horizontal branch on the way down the hill hoping to see one at rest but no luck. They were busy catching insects.
The birding highlight for me on this short trip was this Mountain Bluebird. A first for me. Gorgeous. The best part was that my nephew, Anthony, was pretty excited by it, too.
My mom and I visited with my almost 90 year old grandmother in Redmond who looks as beautiful as always.
And spent more time walking, eating, laughing and enjoying the local views.