2017-08-29 On The Road To Malheur NWR

  I left Payette Idaho after staying with dear friends for 11 days, driving south to Jordan Valley, then northeast through Burns Junction. The road down the east side of Steens Mountain is a route I’ve wanted to explore for a few years. This was to be the day I’d,I’d scratch that itch. Sixty-three miles … Read more

Franklin’s Gull Composite

The Franklin’s Gull is another member of the “hooded” gull group. This bird is a long-distance migrant, wintering south of the equator as far as Chile and summering in the northern USA and the central prairies of Canada. While in their winter homes, most of these birds stay near the coastal Pacific shores and waterways, … Read more

Trumpeter Swan

The Trumpeter Swan is the largest bird in North America by body mass. Males can weigh up to 38 pounds, be up to six feet in length (bill to tail) with wings that span 10 feet (according to Wikipedia). My most memorable meetings with this grand bird were first in Alaska and more recently in eastern Oregon. Typically … Read more