Posted by: atowhee | July 13, 2017


crn-coy1crn-coy2 These two images were taken earlier this week by my friend Shannon Rio. They are from Howard Prairie, a meadow at 4500 feet elevation in the Cascades east of Ashland. There were two pairs of cranes present at that time, one pair had a partially grown colt with them. Both parents stay very close the young cranes (colts) until they mature and so the coyote has little chance of scoring a kill. Voles or young Vesper Sparrows make a safer target. That meadow is also home to many Canada Geese, Wilson’s Snipe, Savanna Sparrow and both species of bluebird.

There will be a chance to see these very cranes on a KBPO sponsored trip this September.
Here is the official trip description from Klamath Bird Observatory:
Malheur in the Fall
Birding Adventure and Fundraiser
led by Harry Fuller

September 12, 13, 14, 2017 with a pre-trip slide show September 11th, Monday from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Our first stop will be Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge where we will spend out first night on the way to Malheur. The next two nights will be spent at Malheur Field Station. Accomodations will be a shared room at Summer Lake Lodge and at Malheur a dorm like setting. Cost of the trip includes lodging, a dinner at the famous Diamond Hotel, two breakfasts at the field station and a light breakfast at Summer Lake, gas for the vehicles, either bird netting or some educational experience with Duncan Evered (co-director of Malheur Field Station), a tax deductible donation to KBO in the amount of $375, leadership of Harry Fuller as our bird guide expert and the glorious exposure to the landscape of eastern Oregon.

Not included: You will need to bring your lunches, snack foods, liquids, and alcoholic beverages . The first night will be a communal potluck.

Cost of the trip is is $565.00 which includes the tax deductible donation of $375. To sign up, contact Shannon Rio at or call her at 541-840-4655. She will confirm that your space is secured. Number of participants will be limited to 16 total for safety of travel and satisfaction at seeing the birds and sharing the experience.

Some birds we are hoping to see: Trumpeter Swan, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, American Bittern, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, Sandhill Cranes with young, White-faced Ibis, White Pelican, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Say’s Phoebe, Black-billed Magpie, Clark’s Nutcracker, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Horned Lark, Brewer’s and Sagebrush Sparrow, Cassin’s Finch, Red Crossbill. Migratory shorebirds are also possible.


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