I realize this is a terrible time to go to the Methow Valley, what with the wildfires raging, but I have a trip planned for this weekend with a group of friends and it's been in the works for many months now, so as long as the fires are far enough away from where we're actually staying, we're still going.
That said, every time I go there I always hope to see a Northern Pygmy Owl, and I was wondering if someone can give me any advice on best places to see them (assuming said places are not in the wildfire paths). I'll probably only have one opportunity on this trip to do any birding, so if someone has a tried and true area, I'd love to know where to go. I dipped on the pygmy owl that showed up at Tolt Macdonald Park last summer and I'm still dreaming of seeing one.
I know it's a long shot with the fires and all, but thought I'd still check to see if someone had any leads. :) I just checked Ebird and I admit I'm not adept at using it at all, but didn't see any recent records near Winthrop.