|Date: June 6, 2004|
|Location Malheur Refuge Birding|
|Where: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge|
| Day two of our Chemeketan hiking/birding trip to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was devoted to birding. Jeanette and I began the day with an early morning hike to the top of South Coyote Butte, where we almost stepped on a slumbering Nighthawk. Back at the bottom we spotted a pair of Willets. We joined the group and started out with a stop at the Visitor Center at the Refuge Headquarters where we were treated to many birding sighting, with the most impressive being the Great Horned Owl.|
The second stop was to Frenchglen for coffee with sightings along the way of Sandhill Cranes and their colts, and masses of White-faced Ibis.
|Bill points out the ubiquitous Turdus migratorius|
Next we hiked a road along the refuge with a few additional bird sighting and lots of mosquitoes. After lunch at the Frenchglen Hotel grounds, where we saw many Ring-billed Gulls, we traveled to Page Springs Campground for some serious searching.
|birding at Page Springs along the Blitzen River|
Numerous birds where identified in the campground, along the river, and along the road, but I was only able to add a close up of Say's Phoebe. On the way back to Malheur Field Station we took the Center Patrol Road where we had outstanding sightings of many species and I was able to add an Eastern Kingbird.
|a brood of Mergansers on the Blitzen River|