Saturday, January 25, 2014

Oil Change at Capitol Toyota

While I was getting the oil changed on the Scion at Capitol Toyota yesterday I checked out the lake there in the Capitol Auto Group complex. The first bird I spotted was this Double-crested Cormorant drying its wings in the bright sunshine. This lake, which for lack of an official name I am calling Capitol Auto Group Lake, is a former thirty foot deep gravel quarry for Salem Sand & Gravel.  Capitol Auto Group built three new buildings and moved their dealerships there from the former Mission Street location recently. This ultra-modern complex ofdealerships situated around this lake is beyond anything I have ever seen or know about for car dealerships. By the time I had circled the lake counting and photographing birds my car was ready. I mean, where else can you have your oil changed on your car while you go birding? In all fairness I should disclose that I am a former employee of Capitol Toyota of over 20 years, and oil changes are free to me for life. Thank you Scott Casebeer. 

American Coot

Herring Gull


  1. Birding and an oil change -- try Kendall Toyota in Eugene. There is great access to the Willamette River bike path and Delta Ponds. :)