Anybody who birds Malheur NWR must confront Central Patrol Road with the reward of beautiful Page Springs at the south end. Here is a gallery of shots from along the way by Kirk Gooding, all taken last week.Dawn at the Malheur Field Station. Owls on view at the old gym. Sage Thrasher, one of many. Badger on cliff face south of Buena Vista overlook, overlooking us in return. No water in Buena Vista Ponds. Distant egret and pair of cranes at one of the few Buena Vista wet spots. Say’s Phoebe next to this old hay barn below Buena Vista overlook. Note owl in upper cavity; we had inadvertently flushed him from his daytime napping spot in a juniper. Another Great Horned Owl, this one in willows along Central Partrol Road. No water at Benson, but goof birds in those distant trees.Coop, was chased by a Sharpie who in turn chased and missed a series of Flickers. The attacking Sharpie. The TV Tower, “TV” as in Turkey Vultures, P Ranch.
MAGPIE ON PARADE, PAGE SPRINGS
It is rare to find a magpie who’ll pose for pictures. This one may be fed occasionally by friendly denizens of the Page Springs Campground. In good light he delighted. He paraded across his picnic table before getting bored with our stares and returned to the berry-laden junipers nearby.