Posted by: atowhee | May 26, 2011

MALHEUR ROUND-UP

This post will be expanding over the next several days. It will eventually include all birds seen on both Malheur visits in May.   OLLI (1) May 20-23.  DANG (2) for group of birders arranged by Jane Dang of Bay Area, May 25-29.

(1) We saw 116 species in four days, drove almost 900 miles and saw the following mammals: pronghorn, mule deer, Belding’s ground squirrel, least chipmunk, golden-mantled ground squirrel, California ground squirrel, marmot, coyote, jackrabbit, pygmy rabbit, muskrat at Krumbo Road bridge over Blitzen River, Douglas squirrel at Collier State Park.

(2) In five days we had 125 species of birds.  Mammals seen on this trip include badger driving Red-tail off a low perch, mule deer and elk in Burns, Belding’s ground squirrel, Nuttall’s cottontail, mink at Krumbo Road Bridge, river otters at HQ pond, yellow-bellied marmot, least chipmunk, pygmy rabbit, pronhorn in several sagebrush habitats and a couple of hay fields .

Places birded will include:  Howard Prairie (H); Rocky Point on Klamath Lake (RP); Collier State Park (C); Klamath Marsh NWR (KM); Lake County roadways (L); Riley in west Harney County (R); Sage Hen Rest Area, Harney County (SH); The area between Burns and the escarpment about ten miles south of town on Hwy 205 (B); Malheur Field Station (F); Foster Flat Road (FF); Malheur Headquarters and Visitors Center (V); Sodhouse Road (SR): Buena Vista (BV); Krumbo Road (K); Frenchglen (FG); Paige Springs (P); P Ranch and Central Patrol Road north of it (PR), Crane, Oregon (CR) Road from Lawen to Hwy 205 at MP 15 (X), Conde Creek Road (CC).

Canada Goose–(1) (2) in every west spot starting with H #  Trumpeter Swan–(1) PR  # Gadwall (1) SR, B, R, K  (2) B# American Wigeon (1) SR, K # Mallard (1)(2) every wet spot # Cinnamon Teal (1)(2) B, R, SR, K # Northern Shoveler (1)(2) R, SR, B # Northern Pintail (1) in small pond south of Riley inside Harney County, K # Canvasback (1) B 2(RP) # Redhead (1) SR (2) SR, B # Ring-necked Duck (1)(2) KM # Lesser Scaup (1) K, B # Common Merganser (1)(2) C # Ring-necked Pheasant (1) L and around Malheur # Greater Sage Grouse (1) FF # California Quail (1) L, F, B # Pied-billed Grebe (1) RP # Eared Grebe (1) courting at K  # Western Grebe (1) RP, K  # Clark’s Grebe (2) KM, N # American White Pelican (1) H, K, SR (2) H, breeding colony X # Double-crested Cormorant (1) RP (2) KM, P # Great Blue Heron (1) SR# Great Egret (1)(2) Harney County flooded fields, R # Green Heron (1) KM # Black-crowned Night-Heron (1) SR, K # White-faced Ibis (1) SR, B, K  (2) B# Turkey Vulture (1)(2) omnipresent# Osprey (1) V (1)(2) Marsh north of Klamath Lake, C nest along Spring Creek  # Bald Eagle (1) FS chased by Red-tailed Hawk  (2) marsh north of Klamath Lake, chased by another Red-tail # Northern Harrier (1)(2) in many places, especially in flooded Harney County. # Swainson’s Hawk (1) L  (2) SH, CR # Red-tailed Hawk (1)(2) nearly ubiquitous # Ferruginous Hawk (1) R  (2) CR, R # Golden Eagle  (1)  L  (2) CR, Christmas Valley, Lake Cty # Am.Kestrel (1)(2) many places # Prairie Falcon (1) L, FS  (2) CR # Sora (1) seen at BV (2) heard at KM and several spots in Malheur # Coot (1)(2) in many pools and flooded fields in Harney County # Sandhill Crane (1)(2) H, B, several spots along Hwy 205 in Malheur #Killdeer (1)(2) numerous places in Lake and Harney County where water meets the road # Black-necked Stilt (1)(2) R, B, all around Malheur, (2) X # American Avocet (1)(2) R, B, SR, K, along Hwy 205 south of Burns, (2) X # Willet (1)(2) seen in breeding plumage brown (1)(2) R, B, SR, K # Spotted Sandpiper (1) K, (2) PR, Hwy 205 south of Krumbo # Long-billed Curlew (1)(2) R,B, SR, K, PR (1) road to Diamond # Wilson’s Snipe (1)(2) heard winnowing in many places, seen B, SR, (2) PR # Wilson’s Phalarope (1) R, B, SR  (2) B, X # Franklin’s Gull (1) RP (1)(2) B, SR, K # Ring-billed Gull (1)(2) SR, K # Caspian Tern (2) PS # Forster’s Tern (1)(2) SR, K  (2) KM # Black Tern (1) RP (1)(2) SR, K  (2) B # Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove # Band-tailed Pigeon (2) Ashland # Mourning Dove (1)(2) numerous places # Great Horned Owl (1)(2) B, V # White-throated Swift (1) RP # Black-chinned Hummingbird (1)(2) V # Rufous Hummingbird (2) V # Belted Kingfisher (1) C # Lewis’s Woodpecker (1)P (2) PS, FG at feeder # White-headed Woodpecker (1) RP (1)(2) C, second trip saw bird drilling nest hole in day use parking lot sign post # Olive-sided Flycatcher (1) RP (1)(2) V # Western Wood-Pewee in many places # Hammond’s Flycatcher (2) F # Gray Flycatcher (1)(2) V, (2) P, PS # Say’s Phoebe (1)(2) F (2) K # Western Kingbird in many places # Loggerhead Shrike (1) F, FF, K (2) F, MP 45 along Hwy 205, building nest # Cassin’s Vireo (1)(2) V # Warbling Vireo (1)(2) C, V  (2) PS # Steller’s Jay (1)(2) C  (2) H # Western Scrub-Jay (2) FG # Black-billed Magpie #American Crow #Common Raven # Horned Lark (1) FF, (2) L, X # Tree Swallow # Violet-green Swalloe (1)(2) BV  (2) C # Northern Rough-winged Swallow # Cliff Swallow # Barn Swallow # Black-capped Chickadee (1) # Mountain Chickadee (2) C # Bushtit (1) PS # Red-breasted Nuthatch (1)(2) V # White-breasted Nuthatch (1) V, (2) C # Rock Wren (1) K, BV (2) FF, K # House Wren (1)(2) RP, PS (2) V # Marsh Wren (1)(2) K # Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)(2) V # Mountain Bluebird (1)(2) H, SH where they nest in boxes around parking lot # Hermit Thrush (1)(2) V # American Robin ubiquitous # Sage Thrasher (1)(2) L, B, F, FF, K # Starling # Cedar Waxwing  (1)(2) V #  Orange-crowned Warbler (2) C # Yellow Warbler (1)(2) RP, C, V, K, P, PS # Yellow-rumped Warbler # Townsend’s Warbler (1)(2) V # Common Yellowthroat (1)(2) SR, K, PS, V #  Wilson’s Warbler (1) RP (1)(2) V, K, PS # Yellow-breasted Chat (1)(2) PS # Western Tanager (1)(2) all over Malheur Basin, even in sagebrush # Green-tailed Towhee (2) CC # Chipping Sparrow (1) B, V  (2) FG # Brewer’s Sparrow (1)(2) FF, K, L (2) SH # Lark Sparrow (1)(2) FF, L (2) parking lot at PS # Sage Sparrow (1)(2) FF # Savannnah Sparrow (1)(2) B, R # Song Sparrow  many places near water # Dark-eyed Junco (1) F (2) CC, H # Black-headed Grosbeak (1)(2) V # Lazuli Bunting (1)(2) V (1) K (2) PS, FG # BOBLINK (1)(2) P # Red-winged Blackbird # Western Meadowlark  # Yellow-headed Blackbird #  Brewer’s Blackbird # Brown-headed Cowbird (1)(2) V, PS # Bullock’s Oriole (1)(2) V, PS # Cassin’s Finch (1)(2) SH #House Finch (2) B # Purple Finch (1)H (2) C # Pine Siskin (1)(2) V # Lesser Goldfinch (2) B # American Goldfinch (2) PS, Evening Grosbeak (1)(2) V # House Sparrow.

LINKS:

(1) Trip East from Ashland.   (1) Ibis, owl, Rock Wren.  (1) Southern Oregon gallery  (1)  Franklin’s gulls, GH Owls, Lazuli Bunting, White-faced Ibis.

(2) Return to Malheur, May 26.   Wild and Wonderful, including Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks near Crane, OR.  Bird Behavior.   White-headed Woodpecker drilling nest hole at Collier SPWilson’s Snipe snapshots.


Responses

  1. Good roundup, Harry!
    Hope the third trip will be even better than the 1st two.


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