Posted by: atowhee | June 15, 2014

MALHEUR: THE GREAT AND SMALL

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Barn Swallow nest on building at Malheur Field Station.
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Burrowing Owls along Sodhouse Lane. Strange cowbirds, no?
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caqu rushFemale California Quail bustles into sagebrush at Malheur Visitors Center.

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White-faced Ibis along Diamond Loop. One of the most abundant birds at Malheur this spring.
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Wilson’s Phalarope in small pool along Diamond Loop.
WILPH DUO These bright birds are females as the males are the drab ones in this genus.
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Sage Thrasher pair along Harney Lake Road. This is one of the most abundant song birds at Malheur. Perhaps the greatest songster of the sagebrush steppe with a large repertoire.
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WIL-FLYCWillow Flycatcher above, Yellow Warbler below. They were near one another at Benson Pond. I never manages a shot of the singing Chat at Page Springs.

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WHITE PELICANS ABOVE
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When they swirl about as if movingon the wind, I think of them as a hurricane of white birds, that is “pelicane.” They are not really driven by the wind but simply ride the thermals on a wingspan that nears 9 feet (ab out double a Red-tailed hawk).
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