Date: 4/21/19 4:41 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Malheur update
The Ground Squirrel Gazette

April 21, 2019

Mosquito Index: 1 (scale of 10). One bit me INSIDE the HQ today, which seemed unreasonable for the date.

Highlights: New arrivals were House Wren found by Don Powers’ George Fox U bird class (a pretty sharp bunch) and a Chipping Sparrow that Diana Byrne and I came across by the HQ. Three Horned Grebes on Marshall Pond all day were nice; that is a missable bird here. Nashville found by the GFU class. WT Sparrow continues. Short-ears have been present late afternoons north and nw of HQ.

Major influx of Yellow-rumps was obvious after the temperature got above 55 and the bugs came out. My morning estimate was maybe 20 or so – this afternoon there were probably more than 50.

Weather should be nice for the coming week. I have the next three days off from docent duty and will get out into the refuge and as far south as Roaring Springs.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

Malheur NWR
36391 Sodhouse Ln
Princeton OR 97721

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