Western MeadowlarkThis morning I seemed to have an abundance of energy that needed to be burned off, so I selected a bird hike on the Rich Guadagno Trail at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. It's a beautiful trail that climbs and circles a butte through wonderful oak forest. An abundance of birds were making their presence known, most notabily the Western Meadowlark with it's melodious song. It was one of those glorious sunny spring mornings when one can't help feeling grateful to be alive. Because I have lived in the Willamette Valley most of my life, I remembered that Feburary always has a week of unbelievable spring weather. We are right in the middle of that great weather right now. Bright sunshine and warm temperatures every day, the flowers are starting to bloom, the birds are singing, it is the best of spring!