This weekend I took the dogs camping out in central Oregon near Sisters. The scenery there is gorgeous and the birds, just plain rad.
On Saturday morning when we woke up I was super cold, but figured I was being silly. I stopped for some hot coffee and drove up to Calliope Crossing to explore. I made it about ten minutes before nearly crying from how frozen my fingers felt. A quick weather check on my phone indicated the temp to be 33 degrees. Oh. I changed my plans and drove down to the Rooster Rock Burn, figuring I could at least car-bird until things warmed up.
A quartet of bucks completely escaped the notice of the dogs...
Interesting that the front fellow is missing half his antlers. I drove up until it seemed like things were getting birdy, and I took the dogs out to start walking. Thankfully it warmed up quickly and we ended up spending over four hours wandering and it was pretty awesome.
I found a bird along a creek that I really want to be a Gray Flycatcher. Thoughts?
I may be way off. Nearby a speckly young bluebird confused the heck out of me for a second while I turned it into a Wrentit. Obviously it is not.
Farther along the creek I was trying to locate some Lazuli Buntings singing from somewhere when I heard a woodpecker behind me- a young Hairy.
And the bunting...
Some more highlights from the burn:
We were making our way back to the car along one of the dusty roads when I saw hawk soaring. It appeared to be an accipiter, but I tried to contain my excitement that it looked pretty big... Indeed it was a Northern Goshawk! A lifer, confirmed later by a nice local birder I met at my campground, Tom Crabtree.
So awesome!! Some other good birds around the burn that I didn't manage to get decent photos of included Black-backed Woodpecker, Common Nighthawk, Say's Phoebe, Cassin's Finch, and others I am probably forgetting. Such a great morning! More to come from my trip soon! Good times!