Posted by: atowhee | June 14, 2014

MORE FROM SECOND MALHEUR TRIP

Now I’m getting a chance to go through my pictures from the Malheur trip sponsored by Golden gate Audubon. There were lifers all around and well over 110 species for the three days. Today the group split up and cars headed in different directions. A gallery:BGS-UPRIT
Belding’s ground squirrel and Western Wood-Pewee, both in Collier State Park, Klamath County.
WWPW-COLLIRBTERN SITZBlack Tern loafing on mud flat near small pond along Hwy 205, south of Burn.

coni sleepsOne of the many Common Nighthawks that sleep on fence rails, roofs, limbs or parking lots around Malheur Field Station. These long-distance mnigrants had just arrived and were hungry and tired. Sleep is where you find it. They could be heard crying “peent” in the heavens all night and often were seen feeding at mid-day, belying the “night” portion of nighthawk.

FERRUGY-LOOKA Ferruginous checks us out from his crossbar.

GE-XMAS VALLEYGolden Eagle on pole in Christmas Valley. This Western Kingbird below is one of pair that were nesting in the roof gutter of dorm next to ours at the Field Station. Duncan Ev ered there reports the kingbirds used to nest in trees but all switched to gutters a few years back and get better clutch results, certainly safer from predators like the weasels we saw on the ground on the grounds.
WEKI-WIRED
Two shots of the Red Crossbills in Klamath Marsh.
XBILL-FLYZ

XBILL-MRSH2

YHB IN-SITU
Some of the congress of male Yellow-headed Blackbirds in the same marsh.
YHB RELAXD


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  1. Marmots are so stinking cute. I pass a colony every day on my way to work. I love their whistles, too. 🙂


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