Audubon Society of Corvallis’ 43rd Annual Field Trip to Malheur NWR — Photo Essay.
Benton County Fairgrounds Staging Area (BCFG)
Linn County River Bend Park (RB)
Deschutes County Indian Ford Campground (IF), Calliope Crossing (CC) and Fort Rock State Park (FR)
Crook County (CrC) ramblings to the MFS.
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Chestnut-sided Warbler. The hardest part of the hunt? Finding out where campsites 1-8 were!
The state listserve was abuzz for a couple of weeks about a male Chestnut-sided Warbler inhabiting the stream side Aspens behind campsite 6 through 8 in Indian Ford Campground between Sisters and Bend. On our first pass through the campground we were totally confused as to where campsites 1-8 were and gave up.
About half way to Calliope Crossing i had a nagging feeling we should of crossed that little bridge and we turned around. When we got there a couple of birders showed us where the bird was and we spent a half an hour or more watching it come in and out of the stream-side Aspen thicket. The bird put on a great show!
We spent the rest of the day in the Ponderosa/Bitterbrush woodlands and made our way up the recently opened McKenzie Hwy into the montane forests of the Cascade crest.
Another side trip was out of Sisters up to the Tam McArthur Rim in search of woodpeckers in the burn areas. Not knowing this area well, or even where the woodpeckers had been seen recently, it turned out to be just a very enjoyable drive up to the snow. Many wild flowers were in bloom and a few butterflies were flitting about.
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Fred Ramsey has been guiding this trip for over 40 years. It’s been a pleasure to join him for the last two years. Day one is a whirlwind tour of a transit from Corvallis to the Malheur Field Station.
Stops along the way target specific species:
Hutton’s Vireo, MacGillivary’s Warbler, Hermit Warbler, American Dipper, Harlequin Duck, Green-tailed Towhee, Calliope Hummingbird and White-throated Swifts.
I came away with 81 species of birds the first day, five more than last year, and this year we had butterflies other than the ubiquitous Cabbage White. We missed the Harlequin Ducks and MacGillivary’s Warblers. But with the new staging area at the Benton Co. Fairgrounds we added Acorn Woodpecker, missing from last year’s list. A notable addition to this year’s list were the Tri-colored Blackbirds just outside of Prineville along Elliot Rd. Sweet! – thanks Fred!