Always difficult to leave Whiskey Springs but we eventually got to Bear and Thorn Springs today. Our group was a perfect size and a nice mix of birders to enjoy being tucked away together with the birds. We didn't have "all" of our warblers but we had excellent and repeated views of Black-throated Gray. Hermit and Townsend's - like warblers did not stay in view long enough for checking field marks carefully. Both Cassin's and Warbling Vireos were present and Warbling did some fun fluttering over the water basin a number of times, showing us how it is done. Both hummingbirds also hovered around the spill-over area of the tub. Multiple Purple and Cassin's Finches kept us on our toes trying to ID them and some probably were best left as un-identified. Some impressive photographers were in the group so perhaps some mysteries will be solved later.
Thanks to Evan for ebirding today. Thanks to Bob W at Timber Services for allowing birding at Whiskey. If you don't know how to find these springs, the ECAS website has all the answers. ecaudubon.org In the non-bird department, several bull Elk left Whiskey area as we approached, Sherrie found a blue staining mushroom, a bitter bolete, at Bear Springs, and we had a blue Bi-colored Cluster Lily or a Brodiaea at Thorn Springs. Well, also a bunch of knapweed there which needs work of many hands at some point. Next week, Gray Butte, Rimrock Springs, Crooked River Grasslands.
This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net Turkey Vulture Unidentified Accipiter Red-tailed Hawk Eurasian Collared-Dove - Village Greens in Sisters Mourning Dove Calliope Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird Williamson's Sapsucker - Bear Springs Western Wood-Pewee Cassin's Vireo Warbling Vireo Common Raven Mountain Chickadee - some with barely a white supercillium so recently fledged perhaps Red-breasted Nuthatch Golden-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush American Robin Nashville Warbler - only briefly seen by 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler Black-throated Gray Warbler +Townsend's Warbler - briefly seen by a few +Hermit Warbler - briefly seen by most +++ The above two should probably be recorded as HETOs MacGillivray's Warbler Western Tanager Chipping Sparrow Fox Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Purple Finch Cassin's Finch Pine Siskin Total number of species seen: 30 Birders today: Paul Sullivan, Denise Fainberg, Mary Shivell, Dave Rein, Mark Newdorfer, Evan Thomas, Sherrie Pierce, Jan Landau, Peter and Toni Morozumi, Judy Meredith. Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...> _______________________________________________ COBOL mailing list <COBOL...> https://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/cobol
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