Date: 7/1/18 7:56 pm From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> Subject: [obol] Re: Bufflehead broods and other Ochoco Natl Forest birds
Speaking of Buffleheads, one has been hanging out in lower Yaquina Bay, usually near the first finger from the South Jetty. When Chuck Philo and I saw it 2-3 weeks ago it looked pretty much like a female, but pale flanks made me think it was a young male.
Today I could see that quite a bit of white is coming in on the sides of the head, confirming its male-ness. The first i have ever seen in Lincoln Co. in July.
On 7/1/2018 1:10:32 PM, Nancy Stotz <nstotznew...> wrote:
My husband and I recently returned from a camping/hiking/biking/birding trip exploring the Ochoco National Forest. We found it to have lots of good birding, though recent eBird records for the area seemed mostly focus on lower elevation reserviors and wetlands closer to Prineville instead of the national forest. The mountains aren't as spectacular as the Cascades, but with few skeeters in evidence and relatively few people in using the campgrounds, we quite enjoyed our time there.
Though Delintment Lake was quite birdy, perhaps our most amazing outing was the 5.8 mile hike (one-way) from Mill Creek Campground to the Twin Pillars (NE of Prineville a few miles above the more famous Steins Pillar). Incredibly birdy trail, both along Mill Creek, and especially in the recovering burn you climb through on the way up to the pillars. I was overwhelmed by bird song many times finding myself unable to separate out different songs/calls.The dense Ceanothus shrubs in the recovering burn were being devoured by an infestation of California Tortoiseshell caterpillars, and the shrubs were full of nesting MacGillivray's Warblers, Lazuli Buntings, and Green-tailed Towhees, with Lewis's Woodpeckers and both species of bluebird gracing the snags above. Checklist here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46777521 [https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46777521]
We also camped two nighs in the Maury Mts of the Ochoco NF on our way to Malheur in early May, and had a Flammulated Owl calling in camp (Elkhorn Campground), with winnowing snipe, Sora, and Sandhill Crane included in the dawn chorus from the little wetland next door.
Though we haven't done much exploring in other mountains yet, I'm sure we'll go back to the Ochoco NF.