Date: 7/2/17 8:40 pm From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> Subject: [obol] Re: Malheur Trip Day 3
I think the relatively widespread water this year kept the breeding shorebirds spread out on private lands. I'm not sure what's happening with carp.
> On Jul 2, 2017, at 8:22 PM, Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote:
> Today I left Burns, checked the pond at Hotchkiss Lane and Egan st. Good mix of eclipse dux. Best bird was an adult (southbound) Baird's Sandpiper.
> Then I drove straight to Fields, hoping to find desert reptiles. Did not work - already t00 hot when I got there, so concentrated on wildflowers and Butterflies. Then down to Denio, and west to Adel and Lakeview. About 95 species in Harney County without "chasing" a list (i.e. I did not run up into the woods N of Burns, nor visit 00 Ranch area.)
> Some comments about Malheur NWR. This was my first visit since the desecration. Note however most of the following comments are about things that CANNOT be blamed on the Bundys.
> First although water levels are reasonable, sightings of ducks. breeding shorebirds, and marsh birds were sparse. I only saw 1 Trumpeter Swan, despite checking several formerly regular sites. The only ducks that were seen many times were Mallards and Cinnamon Teal. All the others I saw were one or two locations. I saw more Avocets, Stilts, and Phalaropes off the refuge than on, and then not that many. I do not know whether these birds have declined, or are concentrating in off-limits areas. Maybe they have not yet recovered from the recent drought years?
> One exception: Black Tern numbers seemed to be up from some recent visits.
> Headquarters looks pretty much back to normal.