Posted by: atowhee | May 12, 2022


Above: Bald Eagle over field near Hampton where irrigated fields attract rodents and their fan club. Horned Lark in the Brothers Rest Area–note when he turns his back he nearly vanishes from sight. Stilts and a large companion along Sodhouse Road. Cranes plus, Greenhouse Lane. BLackbird cacophony beneath feeder at headquarters.

Below: a typical marshy field in Diamond wioth the local populace put in force–ibis, one and all though we did see one distant Snpowy Egret finally…and heard many winnowing snipe. Juniper steppe. Chickahominy lake bed west of metropolitan Riley, Oregon–if you click here you will read: it’s named for the Virginia battlefield in the Civil War; has surface area of 530 acres when fill [now less than rwo acres of watery substance]; is at 4280 feet elevation; is meant to be used for recreational fishing, not supplying material for dust clouds.

Below: Great Egret in cattail pond west of Riley, north of US20; pronghorn, outstanding; field station native [Nuttall’s cottontail]; badger at his sett along Harney Lake Lane; Yellow-headed Blackbird, one of Malheur Basin’s most common species; Eared Grene trio at Buena Vista where there was even enough water for diving ducks including Redheads; sunrise at Malheur Field Station.

The next Field Station sponsored birding trip: June 2-7. There are some seats on the van still open. Best trip for Bobolink and Eastern Kingbird (not here in early May) and Common Nighthawk. Call 541-493-2629 for details.
September trip is 7-12, includes trip to summit of Steens Mountain and a visit to the snow-tortured aspens with horizontal trunks.

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