Posted by: atowhee | June 24, 2014

MORE FROM MALHEUR

For us western birders, one of the most exciting species to see at Malheur is the Bobolink, a bird more often found in grasslands further east. It is also a bird in decline. Both its breeding and wintering habitat has been taken a beating. They like level, damp grasslands. Just what the next cattle rancher wants in South America or an open invitation for the next shopping mall in the U.S.
Fortunately a bird census taker at Malheur this spring said they counted 90 Bobolinks in just one section of the refuge this spring. This male was on the Diamond Loop, private ranchland east of Malheur NWR, and he was busy cleaning those stunning feathers of his.

BOB-D1

BOB-D2

BOB-D3

BOBPREEN-Z

BOBWIRE1

BOBWIRE2

BOBWIRE3
The Bobolink is in the Icterid family, a cousin of blackbirds and orioles.
BOBWIRE4
Black Terns insect hawking over Buena Vista Ponds:
BTERN OV RT WATRBLTERN IN AIR

Caspian Tern:
CASP TERN1
Black-crowned Night-Heron:
GWG
Burrowing Owl pair along Sodhouse Road.
BURO DUO


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: