It even includes a photo of the not-so-great gray birder.
A couple of philanthropists have purchased a defunct campground at Lake of the Woods. It was a girl scout camp dating back before WW2. Decrepit and too expensive for the scouts to fix, it was sold. The new owners hope to replace the old structures and give it to the Ashland YMCA. I was invited to look around to see what birds were there. The parcel contains shoreline, maturing second growth forest and some dense willow and grass marshy margin along the shallow end of the lake. I hope to revisit early next month.
Low Echo Campground, Klamath, Oregon, US. The elevation is over 5000 feet. Lake of the Woods is a natural lake, not a reservoir.
Jun 18, 2015 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM. 10 species
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Bald Eagle on nest, Westside Road, Klamath County. Below: Burrowing Owl along Hwy 205 in Harney County. Red-breasted Saopsucker with beak full of insects, Collier State Park, Klamath County. Wilson’s Snipe above, Tree Swallow in nest box. Above: White-breasted Nuthatch at nest hole, Wocus Bay, Klamath County. Below: Kingbird in Harney County where they are abundant. Williamson’s Sapsucker at nest hole, Wocus Bay.
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For those of you interested in Andy Huber’sexperiences helping a widowed female Great Gray Owl raise her five young, here’s an update:
Trumpeter Swans with four cygnets on Benson Pond, June 6. Below pronghorn on the road to Krumbo Lake. Short-eared Owl along Boat Landing Road.
We had many fine birding moments today on this Klamath Bird Observatory sponsored trip. There was a family of Prairie Falcons and a family of Barn Owls in the same cliff face at Princeton. There were moth-like flying Short-eared Owls at Malheur. Adult birds feeding young: Bullock’s Oriole, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Starling. Burrowing Owl families, one with 7 members at a small desert watering hole fed by a century-old windmill creaking as it turned. Finally, a good look at a singing Brewer’s Sparrow and two Lark Sparrows at close range. But the Horned Lark was bird of the day: I do admire Bobolink, Dickcissel, Western Meadowlark and the whole sparrow crowd, but for a grassland bird…could there be a more intriguing character, horns or no?
My second and last spring trip to Malheuyr began today in Ashland. En route we saw 89 bird species and several mammals including otter and pronghorn (no badger yet this week). The curlews now in Malheur basin are running around with chicks about one-fifth the size of mom and dad. Two Ferruginous Hawk nests have young about to fledge. Along Westside Road in Klamath county we had White-headed woodpecker and Bald Eagle nestling. And at Collier State Park we saw a Dipper. This Lark Sparrow was in Harney County south of Burns. This Mountain Bluebird was at the Sage Hen Rest Area in Harney County. The snipe flew from a fence post up to the top of a utility pole so we could get a better look. Below: male Williamson’s Sapsucker at nest hole, Wocus Bay, Klamath Marsh NWR. In this photo a bit of the yellow belly shows as he slips into the hole in a dead ponderosa.
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Four Ferruginous Hawklets about to fledge from their nest in lone juniper near MP 17 along Hwy 205, south of Burns. Below: Horned Lark, luxuriating in the expanse of dry former lakebed this spring. Shrike above, Western Kingbird below. Say’s Phoebe at the Field Station. Below, soaring White Pelicans. Look carefully at these reeds along Boat Launch Road…one curls to the right near the top. That is the only American Bittern we saw, spotted by keen-eyed Paul Wagner of Eugene. This jack was frozen in place, grass salad stick hanging from his maw. Marsh Wren
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