Grab shot of our only new pecker today, the aptly named Willamson’s Sapsucker
We set off early from our ‘touch of luxury’ condo on the Eagle Crest Golf Course – we’ve got a whole floor of bedrooms and bathrooms we’re not using, for the delightful town of Sisters, in pursuit of woodpeckers. But a hard day in the field produced just four species, only one of which was new. Still, there’s always tomorrow! We did an early afternoon stint at Calliope Crossing – seeing both male and female Calliope Hummingbird which, after our woodpecker debacle, was something of a relief. An unexpected bonus came with the discovery of the wildlife delights of Black Butte Ranch – a privately run golf course and exclusive housing development. The nature trail was excellent, giving close-up views of some decent birds.
Other new birds for the trip, USA and World lists included, Calliope Hummingbird
and Fox Sparrow – another grab shot I’m afraid
Afternoon at Black Butte Ranch provided superb scenery and close-up views of water birds. The nature reserve, adjacent to the golf course – both in the shadow of more snow-capped mountains
We’ve seen Wilson’s Phalarope in several States, but never this close before
I missed Sora in California, nice to see it so well in Oregon
Tomorrow, keeping our peckers up, we’re back on the trail of those elusive woodpeckers.