We are home again, after an over-night trip to Central Oregon to visit my family. Just a quick trip and luckily the pass was mostly clear of snow for our return trip.
This afternoon we were all startled by a huge crash - a flicker had flown into the window of my parent's dining room. Unfortunately (possibly because it was 37 degrees outside?), the window was closed. The poor bird hit the deck. Literally... but quickly rallied and hopped-up on the deck railing to gather his wits again.
After a few moments, the flicker did fly away and is fine. And just in case you aren't into ornithology, here are other pretty things to view: The Three Sisters Mt. Jefferson, trying to hide
Until my next update, I remain, your National Geographic correspondent.