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As the appropriately lone member of the Lone Birders team for this year'sBirdathon, I decided to hit up Ridgefield NWR to see how many species I could find. 

The first thing I found were Barn Swallows doing the deed in the middle of the road.  Photos are terrible but I know you want to see anyway...

I walked the Kiwa Trail for the first time this year which helped the morning's list quite a bit. 

Cedar Waxwing

Wilson's Snipe

Yellow Warbler

And back on the auto tour...

Tree Swallow

 American Bittern

 Awkward (young?) Rufous

 Trying to woo a sleeping teal

Lazuli Bunting

 Purple Martin gathering nest material

Things weren't too wild, just a solid morning at Ridgefield with 53 species to show for it.  Good times!!

Malheur HQ.

Malheur headquarters is one of those magical migrant traps where you can stare into a shrub for thirty minutes until you're cross-eyed and maybe drooling a little, while orioles and grosbeaks and warblers hop around like it ain't no thing.  The feeders are packed with birds and the ground is packed with ground squirrels.  Everything is okay at headquarters.  Even the gigantic toilet seats.

Marshall Pond

On our recent Malheur adventure, my friend and I spent many hours wandering this place collecting about 65 species here alone.  No rarities but lots of top notch birds.  A Black-headed Grosbeak pooped on my head.  It was rad.

Let's begin with the nesting Swainson's Hawks...

And everything else...

Belding's ground squirrels

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

 Bright Cassin's Vireo?Blue-headed Vireo!!!!!

 Rufous Hummingbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Western Tanager

 Evening Grosbeaks

The only Calliope I saw, and the only shot I got of it. 

 Red-naped Sapsucker

Great Horned nesting in the…

Malheur NWR.

Thunderstorms were brewing on Monday afternoon when my friend and I drove into Malheur.  We stopped by a pond on 205 for Black Terns and Wilson's Phalaropes, continued south for the Burrowing Owl, and stopped at the very dry Narrows.

Bad panorama of the Narrows.  Definitely no night-herons here. 

At Malheur headquarters the thunder really started rumbling so we drove up to the Center Patrol Road to watch the storm roll through.

Once things calmed down we drove back down Sodhouse Lane, past a flighty flock of White-faced Ibises.

We continued on south to Page Springs Campground and settled in for a pleasantly dry evening spent listening to what I think was a Common Poorwill calling.  Let me know if I'm wrong:

In the morning a magpie was strolling around the grass near our tent, plucking juicy worms from the ground.

After making coffee and packing up we checked out P Ranch and Frenchglen before heading back to HQ.

House Wren, P Ranch

Forster's Tern, Frenchglen

Malheur HQ is going …