Posted by: atowhee | September 18, 2019


No black-masked Bushtits today.  But we did have our second Peregrine in as many days.  Yesterday over French Glen, today over The Narrows.  This was Day #2 of the Malheur Field Station fall birding trip.

We had a lingering Caspian Tern over the headquarters pond, numerous egrets and ibis at The Narrows, dueling Gray Flycatchers in the junipers at Sage Hen Rest Area, a lone Hooded Merganser at Chickahominy and a Horned Lark in the road there.  The only other flycatchers have been Say’s Phoebe and wood-pewee. Shorebirds today included snipe at headquarters, Dunlin, Spotted and Least Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and Killdeer.  Pronghorn were in irrigated field west of Riley along US 20.

The Broad-billed Hummingbird remains at refuge headquarters.
All day we dodged rain, thunderstorms, hale and wind.  Most of it passed us by.

Perhaps our most handsome bird of the day, Townsend’s Solitaire eating rowan berries at headquarters:


Best non-bird was this gopher snake at Page Springs yesterday:

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