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!