Day 48 – Keeping our peckers up

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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 

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and Fox Sparrow – another grab shot I’m afraid

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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

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We’ve seen Wilson’s Phalarope in several States, but never this close before

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I missed Sora in California, nice to see it so well in Oregon

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Tomorrow, keeping our peckers up, we’re back on the trail of those elusive woodpeckers.

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One comment on “Day 48 – Keeping our peckers up

  1. John Hurst says:

    Be proud in your absence! A wonderful social evening in Aylmeton Village Hall. A full house of wonderful people just chatting and nibbling. Carol deserves a special treat from the club for running the show single handed. Looks like you are not far behind Ron Johns on the world list !
    I managed my UK 200 this year with WWBTern at Burnham Overy and Greenish W at Titchwell (both of which Andy saw before buzzing off to China!)
    Love the Sora photo – mine was on Scilly – can’t afford to go any further!
    Got my Felbrigg Birds Book and chuffed the watercolour is featured.
    Keep the blog going – safe trip home.
    J

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