Date: 4/18/17 10:22 pm From: <obol-bounce...> Subject: [obol] Lake County Birding Summary
My husband and I had a three day birding trip to Lake Co this past weekend. We thought it might have been a bit early but it turned out to be quite a successful trip.
The following are a few highlights of our sightings; full lists and photos on ebird:
Fort Rock (Friday) 2 - Swainsons Hawks in courtship display in fields near park 120+ Mountain Bluebirds...it was quite incredible to see so many, we figured it was due to unfavorable weather. On Sunday when we stopped back we didn't see any! 2 - Prairie Falcon 1- Loggerhead Shrike
In agricultural fields south of Silverlake: Ferruginous Hawk (Fri &Sun) 2 Long Billed Curlew
Summerlake 4 Western, 2 Least , 4 Bairds Sandpipers 75 Dunlin 1 Marbled Godwit 1 Semi-palmated Plover 3 Long Billed Curlew 12 Black Crowned Night Herons (courtship displays) 14 American White Pelicans Many Bank, Cliff and Tree Swallows 1 Gray Flycatcher 4 Sage Thrashers 4 Redheads 2 Clarks Grebes 4 Western Grebes (courtship displays) 3 Eared Grebe 8 Willet American Avocet 8 Black Neck Stilt Vesper, Brewers, Savannah Sparrows 3 Great Horned Owl
Snowy Plovers had been reported but after searching for 3 days we did not see them.
Off Hwy 31 near Silverlake we pulled off the road at a grove of Ponderosa pines and saw 5 Pinyon Jay, Cassins Finch and Mountain Chickadees.
Off Paisley Resource Road we drove and hiked the road and saw Western Bluebird, 2 Clarks Nutcracker, 2 Townsend Solitaire, Rough Legged Hawk, and Golden Eagle
Back at Fort Rock on Sunday we saw 4 Rock and 2 Canyon wren, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 6 White Throated Swift, and 1 Western Kingbird.
Cabin Lake we saw several Cassins and Crossbills and 1 Gray Jay.
It was a whirlwind of a trip, wished we had had all week to explore but grateful for the time we did get. Good luck to anyone heading that way soon, it's sure to be amazing!