Date: 10/8/19 7:27 pm From: <jmeredit...> Subject: [obol] Malheur county Oct 7
Nothing rare. Buelah Res had 2 Osprey, maybe getting late. Several Eared Grebes, not unusual. No shorebirds around. Gulls were all Ring-billed or 1 California IMHO. Lots of small finches feeding in the seeds of the wild sunflowers along the roadsides.
Ontario Sewage Ponds-they have restricted the driving access. Water birds are flighty and it is hopeless birding for waterfowl or shorebirds when walking. I did enjoy watching a MERLIN chase a Rock Pigeon around a bulding multiple times. The Rock Pigeon finally went onto a large tire up against a building and the Merlin apparently could not see it. Rock pigeons may be superior as survivors? The Merlin went after a Sharp-shinned a bit later and managed to shoo it out of the area. I believe a Peregrine appeared but I had a brief look from a distance and can't say for sure.
The driving access is still verbotten. Earlier, I did give the management copies of waivers used at a few ponds in Oregon who do allow driving access. I talked with a supportive staff member there as I left on Monday. The group who makes the decisions had not finished their meeting. I have not heard anything back yet. You will be the first to know. Trying to bird the ponds on foot is fruitless, as everyting flies when humans are still very distant. For those ponds, driving gives good views. On foot, we may look like hunters. Good birding, POST: Send your post to <obol...> UNSUBSCRIBE: //www.freelists.org/list/obol OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...>