Posted by: atowhee | July 7, 2017

BIRDING EASTERN OREGON AT SUMMER’S END

Here is the official trip description from Klamath Bird Observatory:

Malheur in the Fall: Birding Adventure and Fundraiser
led by Harry Fuller

September 12, 13, 14, 2017 with a pretrip slide show September 11th, in Ashland, OR. Monday from 6:30 – 8:00pm.  Tuesday morning we depart from Ashland.

Our first stop will be Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge where we will spend out first night on the way to Malheur.  The next two nights will be spent at Malheur Field Station.  Accomodations will be a shared room at Summer Lake Lodge and at Malheur a dorm like setting.  Cost of the trip includes lodging, a dinner at the famous Diamond Hotel, two breakfasts at the field station and a light breakfast at Summer Lake, gas for the vehicles, either bird netting or some educational experience with Duncan Evered (co-director of Malheur Field Station), a tax deductible donation to KBO in the amount of $375, leadership of Harry Fuller as our bird guide expert and the glorious exposure to the landscape of eastern Oregon.

Not included:  You will need to bring your lunches, snack foods, liquids, and alcoholic beverages .  The first night will be a communal potluck.

Cost of the trip is is $565.00 which includes the tax deductible donation of $375.  To sign up, contact Shannon Rio at shannonrio@aol.com or call her at 541-840-4655.  She will confirm that your space is secured.  Number of participants will be limited to 16 total for safety of travel and satisfaction at seeing the birds and sharing the experience.

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Some birds we are hoping to see: Trumpeter Swan, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, American Bittern, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, Sandhill Cranes with young, White-faced Ibis, White Pelican, Loggerhead Shrike, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Say’s Phoebe, Black-billed Magpie, Clark’s Nutcracker, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Horned Lark, Brewer’s and Sagebrush Sparrow, Cassin’s Finch, Red Crossbill. Migratory warblers, shorebirds and raptors are also possible.  

Both Summer Lake and the Malheur Basin are above 4000 feet elevation so nights may be chilly but the days should be clear and dry.

Mammals that can be seen include pronghorn, badger, Nuttall’s cottontail, least chipmunk and yellow-bellied marmot.  One trip we were lucky enough to see short-tailed weasels.

GALLERY FROM LAST SEPTEMBER’S TRIP:XBILLTANK4 (1280x960)Above: one of several Red Crossbills who’d come out of the nearby pines to get a drink at this leaking water tank in a corral in Antelope Valley.  Below: pronghorns ignoring slow moving bipeds:P2770957 (1280x960)CRANE FEED (1280x960)Cranes above.  Two young Great Horned Owls outside our dorm at Malheur Field Station.GHOS AT MFSSage Thrasher atop sage, of course:THSR IN SAGEOur #1 prize species, Long-eared Owl:LEO3 (1280x960) (2)P2780482 (1280x960)

 

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