This morning I made a trip to Darrow Bar, a small Oregon State Park on the Willamette River only a couple of miles from my home. It was my first trip of the new year to this favorite birding location, and place that I also volunteer. I have been holding off on going to the the park recently, waiting for the high water and snow and ice to pass. I went today to check-out the trails and of course count birds. I was rewarded with a sense that the worst of weather was past, and the promise of spring was, well like some light at the end of the winter tunnel. Click here to see my bird list for the morning.