My sister Susan joined Jeanette and I and our friends John & Lorraine for a birding hike at Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area this morning. We are in the process of trying to show John & Loraine as many great places as we can during their three month stay in Salem this summer. We hiked the road/trail down to the campsite on the Willamette River, a site of the Willamette River Trail. Although not a great day for birds, as so many hid out in the tall cottonwood trees, we did manage to hear and recognize a Great Horned Owl. Probably the most common bird we frequently heard and occasionally saw was the appropriately named Common Yellowthroat, shown below.