As usual, I spent X-mas in the Okanogan. I love the solitude over X-mas. No people, great birding, never hard to get a motel everywhere you want with no reservation.
There was lots of snow and it was cold which bodes well for great birding.
Common Redpoll and Gray-crowned Rosy-finches were present in good numbers.
Saw a total of 8 Northern Pygmy-Owls (6 in the highlands).
This Northern Sawwhet-Owl was moderately interested in me.
The Pine Grosbeak show took place in the town of Republic. I pretty much didn’t see any birds anywhere outside of town.
Now, where is the front and where is the back of this Porcupine???
I normally don’t spend a lot of time getting pix of Roughies. This one stuck though; they often don’t.
Mood shot from the Waterville Plateau …
White-winged Crossbills are ALWAYS a highlight! Love ’em!!!