Today was a forced furlough day for state workers in order to save money. I’m not sure how much money they saved by not having volunteers work, but oh well, we took the day off and went birding at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area west of Eugene. We spent a couple hours birding from the Royale Ave. Trailhead. We saw an unbelievable amount of birds. Noisy Marsh Wrens caught our attention the minute we got out of the car and continued the first half of a mile. At the second pond the Red-winged Blackbirds were the dominate bird, perhaps as many as fifty. We were also treated to a dozen White Pelicans flying overhead. In all we identified 25 different species of birds, which included a first time spotting of a Black Tern. We topped of the day with lunch and a visit with son Michael and his wife Robin.