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It's hard to beat the view of Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the USA. Our Field Guides tour visited this iconic National Park on a beautiful fall day and the panorama was breathtaking. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
Rocky shorelines, moist coastal forests dripping with moss, expansive sage flats, gurgling streams, Ponderosa Pines lining the slopes of the Cascades... all of these were ingredients in our new Oregon tour. Timing this tour with fall migration helped us see an impressive variety, nearly 200 species! The weather was beautiful and, thankfully, there was no conflict with wildfires or smoke. All in all, it was a blast exploring this amazing state with a fun bunch of birders!
Our tour started in Eugene where we visited the bird-rich Fern Ridge Reservoir on our first morning. The mudflats hosted a nice selection of shorebirds including Marbled Godwits, a Virginia Rail popped out and foraged point-blank, and even a Marsh Wren came out for a dust bath on the trail. The nearby Perkins Peninsula Park was alive with more target birds like Western Tanager, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Bewick's Wren, and both Clark's and Western grebes. That afternoon, after lunch in Corvallis, we visited Marys Peak where we lucked into a couple of Sooty Grouse and, believe it or not, a rare hybrid Spotted x Barred Owl!
Spending a full day around Newport gave us the flexibility to make several stops along the coast where we enjoyed the views, whales, and a new variety of birds. We explored Boiler Bay, south to Yaquina Head, and Depoe Bay where Black Turnstones and Surfbirds awaited us. We had time for visits to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and South Beach State Park as well where we found ourselves watching guillemots, murres, a variety of cormorants, gulls, and terns. We even came away with a Wrentit sighting!
We drove south out of Newport the following morning and visited a variety of other coastal vistas where we added Wandering Tattler, an uncommon Semipalmated Sandpiper, some Harlequin Ducks in the surf, a flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, and a Bald Eagle all before our lunch in Florence. After lunch, and a quick check of the south jetty, we meandered our way south to Bandon.
The next morning found us scoping an expansive sand beach near the hotel that was hosting, among other things, some threatened Snowy Plovers! We found more rock-loving shorebirds at the Coquille River jetty, a friendly flock of Brewer's Blackbirds, a few warblers poking around in the low shrubs, and even a White-tailed Kite perched distantly at Bandon Marsh NWR. After lunch, we eventually headed east, stopped at Myrtle Point Marsh, and then towards Roseburg where we spent the night along the river.
One of the best birding spots in Roseburg is Stewart Park and we made a quick visit there the following morning where we had a couple of teenager Green Herons with punked-out feathery wisps, Western Bluebirds galore, and a nicely-posed Anna's Hummingbird in the morning light. We continued up into the Cascades until we reached a reliable spot for American Dippers where we got to watch this unique songbird bobbing streamside. We drove up and into Crater Lake National Park where we had lunch at the beautiful lodge and got to watch Clark's Nutcrackers caching food (before the raven raided the cache). Of course, perhaps the main attraction was the amazing vista of Crater Lake itself!
The Bend area, where we spent a couple of nights, is rather different from the moist coastal forests of Newport. The firs had given way to the Ponderosa Pines, a species that prefers that drier climate. Around Sisters, we targeted woodpeckers and other montane species and ended up tallying Red-breasted Sapsucker, Black-backed Woodpecker, and a fun variety of nuthatches.
The Hatfield Pond complex, which is northeast of Bend, can produce a variety of quality birds and our visit there the following morning netted us a wide range of new species. We enjoyed Greater White-fronted Geese, Redhead, Red-necked Phalaropes, Say's Phoebe, and even a flock of 80+ Pinyon Jays. We headed east from there, to Brothers for a quick break, and then on to Chickahominy Reservoir where we enjoyed Sagebrush Sparrow, our first Eared Grebe, and even a distant White-faced Ibis. Closer to Hines, the roads south of town yielded meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrows, and even an excellent family of Burrowing Owls!
One of the attractions of eastern Oregon is Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the 187,000 acre refuge created in 1908. What we found, though, was a landscape that was parched and even many of the wetlands had no water. Still, the headquarters area proved to be a very bird-rich migrant trap and we enjoyed several new species like Common Nighthawk, Red-naped Sapsucker, Lewis's Woodpecker, and a couple of species of hummingbirds including Rufous and Black-chinned. After lunch, we explored the slopes of Steens Mountain until we reached the East Rim at nearly 10,000 feet in elevation. Rock Wrens hopped amongst the rocks at the rim, a few Horned Larks stuck tight to the barren landscape, and a variety of raptors were spotted overhead. The scenery from here, as well as the nearby Kiger Gorge, is some of the best of eastern Oregon!
Our final morning took us to the Idlewild Campground in Malheur National Forest. It was here that we struck gold with multiple White-headed Woodpeckers and Black-backed Woodpeckers! Whew! Our drive back towards Eugene got a lot more exciting when we found ourselves face to face with both Sooty and Ruffed grouse! If that wasn't enough, one of the final birds of the trip was a lovely Varied Thrush that perched motionless for all of us. Excellent!
I want to thank all of you for exploring Oregon with Field Guides. I certainly enjoyed myself and hope you did as well. Thanks to Karen in our Austin office for all her hard work to have everything lined up for us.
Until next time, good birding!
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (Anser albifrons)
CACKLING GOOSE (Branta hutchinsii)
CANADA GOOSE (Branta canadensis)
WOOD DUCK (Aix sponsa)
BLUE-WINGED TEAL (Spatula discors)
NORTHERN SHOVELER (Spatula clypeata)
AMERICAN WIGEON (Mareca americana)
MALLARD (Anas platyrhynchos)
NORTHERN PINTAIL (Anas acuta)
This Barrow's Goldeneye on Diamond Lake couldn't have given us better views! Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (Anas crecca)
REDHEAD (Aythya americana)
RING-NECKED DUCK (Aythya collaris)
HARLEQUIN DUCK (Histrionicus histrionicus)
SURF SCOTER (Melanitta perspicillata)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (Melanitta fusca)
BLACK SCOTER (Melanitta americana)
BUFFLEHEAD (Bucephala albeola)
COMMON GOLDENEYE (Bucephala clangula)
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE (Bucephala islandica)
The California Quail in and around Hines weren't shy or rare! But still, they were attractive and we enjoyed seeing them on many occasions. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
HOODED MERGANSER (Lophodytes cucullatus)
COMMON MERGANSER (Mergus merganser)
RUDDY DUCK (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
CALIFORNIA QUAIL (Callipepla californica)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
CHUKAR (Alectoris chukar) [I*]
RING-NECKED PHEASANT (Phasianus colchicus) [I]
RUFFED GROUSE (Bonasa umbellus)
SOOTY GROUSE (Dendragapus fuliginosus)
WILD TURKEY (Meleagris gallopavo)
PACIFIC LOON (Gavia pacifica)
This young Green Heron hadn't gotten the memo yet about being secretive... this one was in a tree next to a parking lot. Photo by participant Dick Stilwell.
COMMON LOON (Gavia immer)
PIED-BILLED GREBE (Podilymbus podiceps)
RED-NECKED GREBE (Podiceps grisegena)
EARED GREBE (Podiceps nigricollis)
WESTERN GREBE (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
CLARK'S GREBE (Aechmophorus clarkii)
Procellariidae (Shearwaters and Petrels)
SOOTY SHEARWATER (Ardenna grisea)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
BRANDT'S CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)
PELAGIC CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax auritus)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
BROWN PELICAN (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
GREAT BLUE HERON (Ardea herodias)
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
GREEN HERON (Butorides virescens)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)
This Sooty Grouse was one of several that we came face-to-face with on our final day. What a way to end the tour! Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
WHITE-FACED IBIS (Plegadis chihi)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
WHITE-TAILED KITE (Elanus leucurus)
GOLDEN EAGLE (Aquila chrysaetos)
NORTHERN HARRIER (Circus hudsonius)
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (Accipiter striatus)
COOPER'S HAWK (Accipiter cooperii)
BALD EAGLE (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (ELEGANS) (Buteo lineatus elegans)
Our first morning at Fern Ridge Reservoir yielded an abundance of new species including this tame Virginia Rail that popped out of the vegetation. Photo by participant Dick Stilwell.
RED-TAILED HAWK (Buteo jamaicensis)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
VIRGINIA RAIL (Rallus limicola)
AMERICAN COOT (Fulica americana)
SANDHILL CRANE (Antigone canadensis)
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus bachmani)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
SNOWY PLOVER (Charadrius nivosus)
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (Charadrius semipalmatus)
KILLDEER (Charadrius vociferus)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
WHIMBREL (Numenius phaeopus)
MARBLED GODWIT (Limosa fedoa)
BLACK TURNSTONE (Arenaria melanocephala)
SURFBIRD (Calidris virgata)
The rock-loving shorebirds were a main attraction for our tour and we had great views of Black Turnstones and Surfbirds, these just north of Newport. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
SANDERLING (Calidris alba)
LEAST SANDPIPER (Calidris minutilla)
PECTORAL SANDPIPER (Calidris melanotos)
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (Calidris pusilla)
WESTERN SANDPIPER (Calidris mauri)
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (Limnodromus scolopaceus)
WILSON'S SNIPE (Gallinago delicata)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Phalaropus lobatus)
The coast of Oregon can be downright gorgeous! Here's an early-morning view of Boiler Bay north of Newport. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)
WANDERING TATTLER (Tringa incana)
GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)
LESSER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa flavipes)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
COMMON MURRE (Uria aalge)
PIGEON GUILLEMOT (Cepphus columba)
MARBLED MURRELET (Brachyramphus marmoratus)
RHINOCEROS AUKLET (Cerorhinca monocerata)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
HEERMANN'S GULL (Larus heermanni)
MEW GULL (Larus canus)
One of the owl species we observed on tour was the large and powerful Great Horned Owl. This one was along the highway near Malheur NWR. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
RING-BILLED GULL (Larus delawarensis)
WESTERN GULL (Larus occidentalis)
CALIFORNIA GULL (Larus californicus)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Larus glaucescens)
CASPIAN TERN (Hydroprogne caspia)
COMMON TERN (Sterna hirundo)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Patagioenas fasciata)
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (Streptopelia decaocto) [I]
MOURNING DOVE (Zenaida macroura)
GREAT HORNED OWL (Bubo virginianus)
BURROWING OWL (Athene cunicularia)
SPOTTED OWL X BARRED OWL (Strix occidentalis x Strix varia)
This owl, spotted as we drove down Marys Peak, turned out to be something very rare indeed. Believe it or not, this is a hybrid between Spotted Owl and Barred Owl! Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
COMMON NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles minor)
VAUX'S SWIFT (Chaetura vauxi)
BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD (Archilochus alexandri)
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Calypte anna)
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (Selasphorus rufus)
BELTED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle alcyon)
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER (Melanerpes lewis)
ACORN WOODPECKER (Melanerpes formicivorus)
RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)
The Anna's Hummingbird is a hardy species and this male was seen nicely at Stewart Park in Roseberg. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (Sphyrapicus ruber)
DOWNY WOODPECKER (Picoides pubescens)
HAIRY WOODPECKER (Picoides villosus)
WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER (Picoides albolarvatus)
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (Picoides arcticus)
NORTHERN FLICKER (Colaptes auratus)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)
MERLIN (Falco columbarius)
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)
A star of the show was this White-headed Woodpecker that we snagged just in the nick of time on our final day! Photo by participant Dick Stilwell.
PRAIRIE FALCON (Falco mexicanus)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus)
BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)
SAY'S PHOEBE (Sayornis saya)
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE (Lanius ludovicianus)
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
CASSIN'S VIREO (Vireo cassinii)
WARBLING VIREO (Vireo gilvus)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
GRAY JAY (Perisoreus canadensis)
PINYON JAY (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus)
STELLER'S JAY (Cyanocitta stelleri)
CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY (Aphelocoma californica)
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE (Pica hudsonia)
CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (Nucifraga columbiana)
AMERICAN CROW (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
COMMON RAVEN (Corvus corax)
HORNED LARK (Eremophila alpestris)
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW (Tachycineta thalassina)
Another superb woodpecker species we tallied was Red-breasted Sapsucker, a northwestern specialty. Photo by participant Dick Stilwell.
BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)
Paridae (Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice)
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE (Poecile atricapillus)
MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE (Poecile gambeli)
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE (Poecile rufescens)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
BUSHTIT (Psaltriparus minimus)
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (Sitta canadensis)
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (INTERIOR WEST) (Sitta carolinensis tenuissima)
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (PACIFIC) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata)
PYGMY NUTHATCH (Sitta pygmaea)
BROWN CREEPER (Certhia americana)
ROCK WREN (Salpinctes obsoletus)
PACIFIC WREN (Troglodytes pacificus)
MARSH WREN (Cistothorus palustris)
We saw a nice selection of falcons on this trip including this Prairie Falcon soaring overhead at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
BEWICK'S WREN (Thryomanes bewickii)
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (Polioptila caerulea)
AMERICAN DIPPER (Cinclus mexicanus)
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (Regulus satrapa)
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (Regulus calendula)
Paradoxornithidae (Parrotbills, Wrentit, and Allies)
WRENTIT (Chamaea fasciata)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
WESTERN BLUEBIRD (Sialia mexicana)
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD (Sialia currucoides)
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE (Myadestes townsendi)
Red-breasted Nuthatch, one of three species of nuthatches we saw, is an inquisitive one and this one came down to inspect our group. Photo by participant Dick Stilwell.
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus)
AMERICAN ROBIN (Turdus migratorius)
VARIED THRUSH (Ixoreus naevius)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
SAGE THRASHER (Oreoscoptes montanus)
EUROPEAN STARLING (Sturnus vulgaris) [I]
The Brown Creeper isn't rare but they can be tough to spot sometimes! We watched this one circling up a tree on Marys Peak. Photo by participant Dick Stilwell.
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
AMERICAN PIPIT (Anthus rubescens)
CEDAR WAXWING (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Oreothlypis celata)
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (Geothlypis trichas)
YELLOW WARBLER (Setophaga petechia)
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (AUDUBON'S) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (Setophaga nigrescens)
WILSON'S WARBLER (Cardellina pusilla)
Passerellidae (New World Buntings and Sparrows)
CHIPPING SPARROW (Spizella passerina)
FOX SPARROW (Passerella iliaca)
DARK-EYED JUNCO (Junco hyemalis)
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
One of the wrens we enjoyed on this tour was the rock-loving Rock Wren. This one was at Chickahominy Reservoir. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
SAGEBRUSH SPARROW (Artemisiospiza nevadensis)
VESPER SPARROW (Pooecetes gramineus)
SAVANNAH SPARROW (Passerculus sandwichensis)
SONG SPARROW (Melospiza melodia)
SPOTTED TOWHEE (Pipilo maculatus)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
WESTERN TANAGER (Piranga ludoviciana)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
We saw new specialties even on our final day of birding. For example, this Varied Thrush gave us all amazing views as it perched motionless on a road near Horsepasture Mountain. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
WESTERN MEADOWLARK (Sturnella neglecta)
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (Agelaius phoeniceus)
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD (Molothrus ater)
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
EVENING GROSBEAK (Coccothraustes vespertinus)
HOUSE FINCH (Haemorhous mexicanus)
CASSIN'S FINCH (Haemorhous cassinii)
RED CROSSBILL (Loxia curvirostra)
PINE SISKIN (Spinus pinus)
One of the fun aspects of this tour was how Brewer's Blackbirds were quite abundant! Here's one that was probably hoping for scraps near the south jetty in Bandon. Photo by guide Cory Gregory.
LESSER GOLDFINCH (Spinus psaltria)
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (Spinus tristis)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) [I]
NUTTALL'S (MOUNTAIN) COTTONTAIL (Sylvilagus nuttalli)
LEAST CHIPMUNK (Tamias minimus)
Our time along the coast was spent under the careful eye of many Harbor Seals! Photo by participant Dick Stilwill.
TOWNSEND'S CHIPMUNK (Tamias townsendii)
CALIFORNIA GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus beecheyi)
GOLDEN-MANTLED GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus lateralis)
CHICKAREE (Tamiasciurus douglasii)
NUTRIA (Myocastor coypus) [I]
GRAY WHALE (Eschrichtius robustus)
COYOTE (Canis latrans)
STELLER'S SEA LION (Eumetopias jubatus)
HARBOR SEAL (Phoca vitulina)
MULE DEER (Odocoileus hemionus)
PRONGHORN (Antilocapra americana)
Totals for the tour: 192 bird taxa and 13 mammal taxa