Posted by: atowhee | June 25, 2020


Here are some of Albert Ryckman’s fine photos of the land birds we saw on the Malheur Field Station birding trip in mid-June. You gotta wonder just how much joy one meadowlark can encompass:MEADOWLARKMEADOWLARK__

Most of these birds were in the Malheur Basin.  The Brewer’s Sparrow was at Chickahominy.  As was the Horned Lark atop the sagebrush (last image). The Chipping Sparrow on the ground was above 5000′ elevation in the Steens. Bobolink near Diamond Elementary School.  Female oriole at Page Springs; there was also nest on the Field Station office.


We all expect to see yellow-bellied marmots in higher elevation areas, near rock piles or cliff bases, right?  How about this guy who sunned atop a six-foot high stick pile?  Huh?  I could find nothing to confirm that marmots would build such a pile.  Did he commandeer it from some lesser being, woodrat?  Packrat? Aged beaver? Sticky leprechaun?  This marmot and his mound were along East Canal Road:MARMOT

Here’s the last Field Station birding trip for 2020:   Sept. 12(Sat)-Sept. 18(Fri)
This trip will allow us to spend a full day in the Steens where we will go to the peak at just under 10,000 feet elevation.  In the late summer we may get access to areas closed during breeding season.  There may be migrating raptors passing through the valley and mountains.  While many insectivorous birds will be gone there will also be songbirds on migration including huge numbers of White-crowned Sparrows and their cousins from several species.

Mammals possible on trips include: Belding’s ground squirrel, pronghorn, wild horses, mink, river otter, long-tailed weasel, badger, coyote, mule deer, yellow-bellied marmot, kit fox, Nuttall’s cottontail, black-tailed jackrabbit, bats, California ground squirrel. 

Arrive for dinner on the 12th, depart after breakfast on the 18th. To get more information or sign up for these trips, call the Malheur Field Station at (541) 493-2629.

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