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

2017-08-17&18 Antelope Island Swallows (Part 3 of 4)

Swallows in flight are difficult subjects to photograph. When I realized I was overloading on gull and phalarope images, I paid attention to these elusive birds darting low over the water. I may have misidentified some of the Tree Swallow images. I believe there were Bank, Barn, Tree, and Violet-Green Swallows present. Some of the … Read more

2017-08-16 Bear River

  After showing Jerry and me the Promontory Road raptors in the early morning, Joe took us out to the Bear River Migratory Bird Reserve. While I’d visited this area in the spring of 2015, there really isn’t a limit on visits to such places. It will offer different treats each time. For those who … Read more

2017-08-14 Bicknell Bottoms

I’ve not been able to keep up with my reports from this trip due to the hectic pace I’ve had to keep this past week. I plan to get caught up in the next few days. I first visited Bicknell Bottoms in the Spring of 2015. I so enjoyed the time I spent in the … Read more

2015-06-03 Malheur NWR

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located roughly 30 miles south of the town of Burns Oregon. I arrived in the afternoon after my mud-slinging drive down the BLM Access Road and I spent a few hours around the Visitor Center before driving into Burns, securing lodging and a meal, then hosing down the mess I made … Read more

2015-05-12 Two Days At Bear River

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, west of Brigham City Utah is 80,000 acres of marsh, open water, uplands, and alkali mudflats. There is a one-way dirt track loop though the middle of it that offers some pretty good view into the habitats where the Bear River drains into the Great Salt Lake. After my … Read more

2015-05-08 Bicknell Bottoms

Yesterday’s visit at this place was just not enough to take it all in, so I opted to stay another day. My drive took me nearly completely around the valley and I was able to get a better idea of what treasures might be possible here. I’m sure the seasons influence what visitors might be … Read more

2015-05-07 Otter Creek and Bicknell Bottoms

I left Mount Carmel Junction and headed north on Highway US-89. It’s about a three-hour drive into Bicknell Utah and the but a few minutes south to what the locals call “Bicknell Bottoms”. Of course I found stuff along the road that I had to stop and stare at. The most compelling stop I made on this … Read more