You might consider a trip east through the Columbia Gorge. The large pools above the dams usually have lots of gulls, grebes, loons, and ducks this time of year. The area around McNary Dam, particularly the network of ponds below the dam is almost always very bird. Umatilla and Cold Springs NWRs both get lots of raptors and waterfowl. Strange gulls and other fun stuff (scoters, Long-tailed Ducks) and unusual sparrows are all possible along the river. You can also wander up into Washington a bit. The Walla Walla River mouth area has a long history of producing rare gulls and McNary NWR is good for waterfowl.
It's a bit early to know what sort of northern finch year it is in extreme NE Oregon, but Wallowa County is another option that might provide ample entertainment.
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Subject: [obol] Re: Birding destinations - seeking advice
Of the ones you list, I think think is the wrong season for Summer Lake because the WMA will have duck hunting, therefore be closed for other access.
Some areas of the Klamath Basin will also have restricted access, but there should still be a lot of accessible bird habitat, and lots of waterfowl and raptors.
Malheur could be good depending on water levels and if it has not frozen solid - I have not heard yet.
On 10/28/2017 2:39:39 PM, Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...> wrote:
Taghrid and I are seeking advice - we have a long weekend coming up (Nov 10-12), and are seeking advice about places with good birding around mid-November.
Possible destinations that occurred to us are Malheur NWR, Klamath Basin. Other places, that we havenít spent a lot of (or any) time birding yet are places like central Oregon, Sisters, Summer Lake, etc.
From a birdiness perspective, what would be good places to target during that long weekend? Areas with concentrations of wintering birds that might be harder to find in Oregon during other seasons would also be of great interest.