Date: 3/28/17 6:47 pm
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker...>
Subject: [obol] Summer Lake weekend birds
Hi OBOL,

A group of us gathered for a fun workshop this weekend at PLAYA
<http://www.playasummerlake.org/index.html>, focused on birding the areas
near Summer Lake. It was refreshing to see some lingering winter birds with
the early spring migrants, backdropped by incredible scenery!

Notable sightings included a continuing MARBLED GODWIT at Windbreak Dike
throughout the weekend, a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Paulina Marsh on Saturday, and
a good variety of raptors including multiple ROUGH-LEGGED and FERRUGINOUS
HAWKS. We looked for a reported GREAT GRAY OWL near PLAYA without success,
though it had been seen and photographed by others a few days before.

Birds at the Summer Lake Wildlife Area included AMERICAN AVOCETS,
BLACK-NECKED STILTS, thousands of SNOW GEESE (but no Ross' despite careful
scanning), side-by-side views of TUNDRA and TRUMPETER SWANS, YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRDS, four swallow species, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, SANDHILL CRANES,
a LONG-BILLED CURLEW, a cooperative VIRGINIA RAIL, three GREAT HORNED OWLS
in the barn, and acres of waterfowl.

We looked for Sage Grouse at the lek near Fort Rock without success, and
the sage areas were fairly quiet aside from thrashers and larks. We
ventured up to the pine forest at Cabin Lake for particularly good views of
RED CROSSBILLS, CASSIN'S FINCHES, and PYGMY NUTHATCHES.

Thanks to Jack and Laura Doyle, Stu and Hilary Garrett, Jordan Epstein,
Larry Fox, and Farnaz Fatemi for a wonderful weekend in the high desert!

Good birding,

Noah Strycker




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