Minto-Brown is one of Salem’s outstanding city parks, and Jeanette and I have enjoyed it for years for hiking, biking, and now birding. Its natural setting with a network of paved paths makes it an easy destination to enjoy the outdoors through all the seasons. We had some free time this morning so we went for a bird walk there. We saw the usual assortment of small birds, lots of Song Sparrows, some Black-capped Chickadees. We also saw quite a few Steller’s Jays that where busy harvesting filberts. They employed a cleaver method of opening the nuts; they would drop them on the path in front of us expecting us to step on them and crush them open. Our most surprising sighting of the day was the Peregrine Falcon shown above.