According to the Oregon birding guide I found on the internet Diamond Lake was supposed to host breeding Barrow's Goldeneyes and Eared Grebes with the Lake Creek area listed as the best viewing point of the lake. The guide also specified the western shore of the lake as the best forest birding area. With mostly fishermen guests, the Diamond Lake Resort facilities were up and running at 5 AM. It was a beautiful clear morning, with a crisp cold mountain air that I have not experienced in decades since living in central Norway. After all, the lake lies 5100 feet above sea level!
I grabbed a cup of coffee and drove the short distance to the western end of the lake. The sun rays still barely touched the mountain tops, so my plan was to enjoy my morning coffee while scanning the waters with the scope. I didn't even bring the camera with me on the short walk down to the shoreline. I almost spilled my coffee when I rounded the corner and stood face to face with a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes lying a few feet from shore!! I dropped everything and ran back to the car for the camera and made it back just in time to catch a few shots of them before they swam further from shore:
Early on I encountered a curious flock of Gray Jays that refused to come out of the shadow of the dense canopies, so the picture quality is so and so...
I had hoped to find an American Tree-toed Woodpecker in these woods, but settled for Pileated, Black-backed, Hairy, Downy, Northern Flicker and two Red-breasted Sapsuckers. I wanted to make the most of the great light, so I decided to move on to Crater Lake National Park. Stay tuned!