Yesterday we took off for a morning of birding at one of our old favorites, Huddleston Pond in nearby Willamina. We have birded there a lot in winter over the years, because a lot of waterfowl visit then. But we have not visited much in the summer, so this was almost a new experience. We were surprised to discover the mosquitos were one of the most numerous life species. One of the most pleasing finds were these nesting Ospreys, shown in the bottom photo. The male is on the left, and the female is on the right. Not shown in this photo is a juvenile who popped it's head up for a moment. This is particular reassuring to find a successful nest after nest failures this year in Independence, and this past week due to heat a nest failure, three juveniles in West Salem. You can view our e-Bird Observation List and additional photos by clicking here.