September 23, 2018 (afternoon)

Fern Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Lane County, Oregon

This was a follow-up visit from the day before, an attempt to find the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, with great success.

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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper; Fern Ridge Wildlife Management Area; Lane County, Oregon; September 23, 2018.

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Pectoral Sandpipers; Fern Ridge Wildlife Management Area; Lane County, Oregon; September 23, 2018.

New Birds for 2018: 1
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 234

September 23, 2018

Oregon Shorebird Festival

As part of the Oregon Shorebird Festival, Clint and I signed up for a group fieldtrip to a few locations. New birds noted below per location.

Bandon South Jetty Park and Coquille River, South Jetty, Coos County, Bandon, Oregon

Black Turnstone
Wandering Tattler
Least Sandpiper

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Black Oystercatcher and Black Turnstones; Bandon South Jetty Park and Coquille River; September 23, 2018.

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Wandering Tattler; Bandon South Jetty Park and Coquille River; September 23, 2018.

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Bandon South Jetty Park and Coquille River; September 23, 2018.

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Bandon South Jetty Park and Coquille River; September 23, 2018.

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A Herring Gull (I think) overlooks a sea of Least Sandpipers; Bandon South Jetty Park and Coquille River; September 23, 2018.

 

Bandon March National Wildlife Refuge, Coos County, Oregon

Marbled Godwit

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Marbled Godwit; Bandon March National Wildlife Refuge, Coos County, Oregon; September 23, 2018.

Bandon State Park, China Beach, Coos County, Oregon

Snowy Plover (no photos)

New Birds for 2018: 5
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 233

 

September 22, 2018

Fern Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Lane County, Oregon

A quick stop here on the way to the Oregon Shorebird Festival yielded two new species:

Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper 

New Birds for 2018: 2
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 228

 

September 16, 2018

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Corvallis, Oregon

Today I had a blind birding date with my new friend Lindsay! We met up at Finley to try to find the Stilt Sandpiper. We found the stilt (species #224) and I also got two more new species: Least Sandpiper, Red-Shouldered Hawk.

Full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/pnw/view/checklist/S48715376

No photographs worth posting 😦 It was so cloudy and dark out.

New Birds for 2018: 3
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 226

 

 

September 15, 2018

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, Salem, Oregon

Under the influence of the real Sudafed (me, not Clint), we headed to bird Ankeny’s Pintail Marsh. I didn’t last too long because of my cold, but it was nice to get out.

After we put away the scope and were ready to head out, a bright lime-green bird flew in. We busted out the scope anew, and found a poor budgie perched on a log in the marsh. I’m not sure how long this little guys will last out there.

We saw lots of Long-billed Dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, and Pied-billed Grebes. Full list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48529561

Photos are not great. My camera performs very poorly in low light.

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Female Pintail; September 15, 2018; Pintail Marsh; Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Budgie (parakeet) and Brewer’s Blackbird; September 15, 2018; Pintail Marsh; Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

No new species.

 

 

September 3, 2018

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters
(where rarities show up but only a day or two after I leave)

Before we headed back to Salem, we stopped at Headquarters to bird the pond, feeders, and general premises.

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Great Horned Owl; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Mountain Cottontail (I think?); Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Turkey Vultures; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Turkey Vultures; killin’ them parasites or just enjoying the sun?; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Great Horned Owl; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Townsend’s Solitaire; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Common Nighthawk; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Rufous Hummingbird; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Lewis’s Woodpecker; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Last Quarter; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge –  Headquarters; Harney County, Oregon; September 3, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

 

No new species.

September 2, 2018

Steens Mountain 

The focus of our trip to the Steens was to find Black Rosy-finches and to do some hiking.

We didn’t find any Black Rosy-finches for certain. We did see a flock of birds afar that sounded like Black Rosy-finches, and looked the right size, but I did not get good enough looks of them.

Rock Wrens, however, accompanied us everywhere we went. Species #223.

Enjoy some Rock Wren photos and some photos of the Steens and Wildhorse Lake.

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Rock Wren; East Rim Lookout; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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Rock Wren; East Rim Lookout; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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East Rim Lookout; Steens Mountain; view facing east; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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East Rim Lookout; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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East Rim Lookout; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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East Rim Lookout; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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East Rim Lookout; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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Wildhorse Lake; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

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Wildhorse Lake; Steens Mountain; September 2, 2018; photography by Linda Burfitt.

New Birds for 2018: 1
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 223

September 1, 2018

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Greater Area

Diamond Loop Road

New species: Loggerhead Shrike and Sage Thrasher (not great photos)

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Loggerhead Shrike; Diamond Loop Road; Harney County, Oregon; September 1, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Somewhere along Diamond Loop Road; Harney County, Oregon; September 1, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Sage Thrasher; Diamond Loop Road; Harney County, Oregon; September 1, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

Rockford Lane

New species: Sagebrush Sparrow (no photo)

Benson Pond (full eBird list here)

New species: Long-billed Dowitcher

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Mostly America Avocets transitioning into their winter plumage; Benson Pond; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; September 1, 2018.

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Great Egrets; Benson Pond; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; September 1, 2018.

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Long-billed Dowitchers and American Wigeons; Benson Pond; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; September 1, 2018.

New Birds for 2018: 4
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 222

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 26, 2018

Cabin Lake, Lake County, Oregon

Cabin Lake is a birding hotspot that is maintained by the Eastern Cascades Audubon Society (ECAS) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). In the middle of nowhere, in a sea of ponderosa pine, juniper, and sagebrush, the ECAS (and/or the USFS?) built two bird blinds and installed two cisterns to attract birds. They did this for birders. #bless. Thankfully I did not pack my swimsuit because the lake at Cabin Lake has been dry for more than a century.

I took a lot of photos, and it’s easier (i.e., quicker) for this post to omit captions for now. I’ll revisit soon and update them! What follows is my full list of bird species from this site.

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White-headed Woodpecker
Clark’s Nutcracker
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Red Crossbill
Green-tailed Towhee (new species!)
Yellow-rumped Warbler

New Birds for 2018: 1
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 218