>From several Tweeter messages today, it sounds like this was quite the weekend for owl sightings. We spent the weekend at Ocean Shores and yesterday evening about 7:30pm, we had a Barred Owl land in the yard outside the sliding glass windows, pounce on a mouse or vole or something, and then fly up and perch on an old unused bird feeder only 10-12 feet away from us looking out the sliding doors. The deck/yard lights were on so it all happened in plain view. Quite a treat for the whole family. Here's a link to a photo that I took with my Samsung cell phone: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gene-s_photos/39505642934/in/album-72157641173 366665/
I also took a walk out to the Oyhut Game Preserve on Saturday. There were at least several thousand small shorebirds.mostly Western Sandpipers as far as I could tell, with a few plovers and half a dozen Greater Yellowlegs. I watched a Peregrine Falcon scatter the flocks several times.it came away with breakfast on one occasion as I watched.