A little relieved that Portland Thanksgiving plans have been cancelled (we'd only agreed to the plans to prevent more at-risk family members from attending larger gatherings), I find myself in the unlucky position of still needing to make the trip from San Francisco to Portland to pick up some things and all the time in the world to do it alone, avoiding human contact along the way.
*Does anyone have suggestions for late fall/early winter birding in Oregon & Northern California? *I was able to find great seasonal recommendations through East Cascades Audubon <https://www.ecaudubon.org/birding-locations> in each county, but I have ~a week~ and the freedom to go ANYWHERE. I need advice narrowing it down (eBird is down for maintenance). The more remote (and unpeopled) the better.
Last Thanksgiving I was lucky enough to go through Tule Lake & Lower Klamath NWR where I saw more buteos than I have ever seen, at one point it was one on every other telephone pole, of *all* morphs. I think I'll stop through, car-camping, on the way up, again. It can be *anywhere*, I've got legs to hike on or an inflatable boat to paddle in on, and time; and satisfied to just ID a variety of sparrows or even gulls. Any recommendations to get started would be appreciated.