Posted by: atowhee | September 15, 2022

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

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From last week in Harney County:

The golden-mantled ground squirrel was over 9500 feet up, on the wall of the Kiger Gorge, just below the overlook, Steens Mountain.  Cliff Swallow nests, making the hundreds on the rim rock lining Hey 205 south of Buena Vista.   Prairie Falcon speeding along the top of that rim rock.  Sharp-shinned Hawk on post above Page Springs.  Butterfly on rabbitbush.  Blitzen River upstream from Page Springs.  Wonderful to see running water.  Its gurgle was heartening.  Paper wasp nest at Fish Lake.  Kiger Gorge from the overlook.
Juniper berries ripening.  Nuttall’s cottontail.  “Bear Rock” at Buena Vista.  Real TVs kettling and wing-warming, also at BV.

We saw big brown bats one evening at Malheur Refuge HQ–biologist later told us they have not yet found any of the horrific white-nose fungus there! The disease came here from the Old World where their bats are immune to it.

Click here for our tallest owl on a tiny, vibrating perch. Video by dedicated owlman, Lee French in Jackson County, OR.


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