Date: 4/9/18 12:57 pm From: Jacob Mathison <jacobmathison1...> Subject: [COBOL] Burns area birds and trip home to Corvallis
Hi all, Had a nice weekend leading tours at the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival and birding the area on my own. It's still a bit early for the really good birds down there, but I still had some nice sightings.
Around Burns, the highlights were a EURASIAN WIGEON at Hotchkiss Lane (one person on my tour saw two), two HARLAN'S RT HAWKS at Greenhouse Lane x Hwy 20, and of course the spectacle of ROSS'S and SNOW GEESE (with seemingly more Snow Geese than last year; I would say maybe 5% Snow Geese). The water was down a LOT this year, and I think we have a very dry year coming down there.
On the refuge, the HARRIS'S SPARROWS and FOX SPARROW at the HQ, which have been discussed already, were a highlight. Just to be clear, that is Harris's SparrowS; there were TWO on April 5th. A SHORT-EARED OWL was at the Boat Launch Rd. (that is closed, but the tour guide had special permission). There were five VIRGINIA RAILS at Page Springs, as always, and another birder had some SORAs there.
On the way home, I stopped at Hatfield Lake in Bend. Mostly normal birds there, but two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were there, which were rare according to eBird. Also had ten DUNLIN there, but no luck with the previously reported BN Stilts.
Back in Corvallis, I got the two SABINE'S GULLS and 15 RN PHALAROPES that have been reported already. Also, I have been catching up on arriving warblers and the other old news around here after my trip to Mexico. More on that after I get through my thousands of photos.
Photos of all these birds are, or soon will be, on eBird.
Jacob Mathison jacobmathison1.wixsite.com/nature-photography