2017-09-07 Central Oregon Coast

A study on “peeping” I awoke at the north end of Coos Bay (North Bend Oregon) to a dense fog, then drove out the Horsfall Beach road. A recommended trail around Bluebill Lake yielded a few birds: American Robin, Northern Flicker, Wrentit, Bushtit, American Crow, Song Sparrow, Eurasian Collared Dove, Steller’s Jay, Wood Duck hen, … Read more

2017-07-15 Tioga Pass And The Importance Of “Common” Birds

June Lake, where I’ve been staying with friends, is a short drive to many great bird locations and abundant first rate scenery. Tioga Pass is the east gate to Yosemite National Park. It takes off from US-395 near Lee Vining less than 4.5 miles from north end of June Lakes Loop (CA-158). At its junction … Read more

2017-07-07 and 09 Lower Rock Creek

Friday morning (7/7) I chased (but missed) my friend Steve Brad’s Indigo Bunting. He’d been visiting the region in the weeks prior to my departure. I’m reasonably certain I was in the correct location, but the bird was not cooperating. There were other birds to entertain me here (American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Rock … Read more

2015-06-10 Applegate Valley

Upper Applegate Road leaves Oregon Route 238 about 8 miles south from Jacksonville Oregon and continues to just past the California border above Applegate Lake. I traveled this day along this route until I reached the Applegate Dam and crossed over to explore some of the roads east of the lake on French Glen Road. … Read more

2015-06-01 Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

I’d been to the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area 14 years ago, but it was in the autumn and the area was silent of birds, but on this day there held the promise of raptor sightings. My friend Art and I drove out 76 miles to this place from his … Read more

2015-05-19 Moose-Wilson Road Re-Visited

That I did not find the Black-Backed Woodpecker does not, in my mind constitute a failure. Those birds that I did find made this outing a success … glass half full. On this day the Williamson’s Sapsucker made a nice show for me. It was also on this day that I realized just how similar … Read more