Date: 5/1/19 7:44 pm From: <jmeredit...> Subject: [obol] Deschutes county, ECAS Wednesday - Millican valley in the sage
15 birders enjoyed the day starting with our ritual in spring at the lek, although 16 degrees at the start was cold! Two male Sage Grouse displayed in the far distance but flew off early due to a coyote stalking them. We left then, even before the songbirds started to sing around the lek.
Sage Thrashers were in full song at many stops. Kudos to David Gutt who was first to find a Pinyon Jay. Eventually 130 passed by us calling raucously of course. Despite the diminishing habitat in the area, we had good birding on this windy day. Red Crossbills and Cassin's Finches were plentiful at Pumice Springs. Lots of water, both ponds were full and accordingly, lots of birds. Thanks to Milt for ebirding all day, to Paul and Nancy for hauling out the scopes many times, to all for the good humor although I was the Debby Downer at times, grousing re declining # of Grouse and large burned areas etc. Or so our very wise group claimed. Little notes below beside some birds on the list indicate location etc. BTW, emergency fuel at Brothers Cafe Station is available for $10 per gallon! Any price works when one is driving on fumes.
This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net Mallard - over highway Sage Grouse - 2 males strutting their stuff Turkey Vulture Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2, 1 Pumice Spr, 1 Moffett Rd Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk American Kestrel - more than a dozen out there. Thanks to the Kestrel nest box volunteers! Prairie Falcon - Toni w good ID photo, per her usual skill. Killdeer - pair Camp Creek wet area Rock Dove Eurasian Collared-Dove Mourning Dove Lewis' Woodpecker - Pumice Springs, flew over area Williamson's Sapsucker - seen by only a few, edge of pines Northern Flicker Gray Flycatcher - 1 seen by everyone, in Pauls scope. It was dipping tail etc Say's Phoebe - 2 at ranch at Moffett Rd Loggerhead Shrike Western Scrub-Jay - east edge of Bend Pinyon Jay - flock of 130, another along Hwy 20 closer to Bend Clark's Nutcracker 3 at once around Pumice sprg, others + Common Raven Horned Lark - near lek then last stop Camp Creek wet area Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Mountain Chickadee Pygmy Nuthatch Mountain Bluebird - oh so blue! Townsend's Solitaire - Pumice Springs American Robin - Pumice Springs, others Sage Thrasher - quite a few today European Starling Yellow-rumped Warbler - Pumice spr Spotted Towhee - did someone have????? Chipping Sparrow - many small flocks Brewer's Sparrow - Mostly along Moffett 8 birds =/-, 1 Camp Creek Vesper Sparrow - 1 Camp Creek wet area, others near Lek Sagebrush Sparrow - sadly, only a few got decent looks. 2 birds Savannah Sparrow - bright birds in several places White-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Red-winged Blackbird Brewer's Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird - Brothers Rest Stop w Brewers BB Cassin's Finch - 30 all told today? Red Crossbill - 25 to 30 all told today, all colors Total number of species seen: 47
Birders today: David Gutt, Becky Dobrowski, Lew Becker, Paul Sullivan, Dave Rein, Mary Webster, Milt Vine, Nancy Boever, David Vick, Larry Thornburgh, Howard Horvath, Scott Ahlf, Toni Morozumi, Judy Meredith.
Next week, high lakes route which takes "all day". I will miss this one but see you the following week. Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...> POST: Send your post to <obol...> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...>