The gang of Texas birders got a full Oregon today. We were birding in the eastern Cascades west of Sisters. Red-naped Sapsucker, Black-backed, Hairy, White-headed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers. Flickers a-plenty. My best woodpecker shot taken at the Scott Pass Trailhead in the Deschutes National Forest:Black-backed delivering grub to nest hole. Thanks to the local Deschutes County birders who gave us good directions and welcomed us to listen to their thrumming Sooty Grouse along the road.
Other nest-tending birds today included Pygmy Nuthatch (more than one nest site) and Three-toed Woodpecker (these birds are still brooding eggs). Near Cold Spring Campground we had a male Western Bluebird feeding fledglings huddled on a tree branch.
Later on Mt. Hood we added Cassin’s Finch and Clark’s Nutcracker to the day’s take. Our first California Quail of the trip was a calling male in Sawyer Park at Bend.
The visitors have now been treated to over 120 species here in northwestern Oregon.