Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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85 March 2017 | Birder's Guide to Travel ers—often hauling livestock trailers and large farm equipment—pass by every few minutes. Please be considerate and pull as far off onto the shoulder of the road as you can. Upon reaching Highway 205, turn south (right) to continue towards the refuge. Although roadside fields and ditches are full of birds, stopping along heavily traveled Highway 205 is ill-ad - vised. Greenhouse Lane, which takes off west from Highway 205 about three miles south of Hotchkiss Lane, offers a similar bounty of waterfowl and marsh birds. On the horizon, a peninsula of flood basalt rimrock juts out across the basin. This is Wright's Point. It's well worth making a stop or two here, if for no other reason than to enjoy the stunning pan- orama. Ash-throated Flycatchers and Yellow-breasted Chats may be found in the patches of chokecherry near the top on the north-facing slope. At the crest of the hill, Steens Mountain comes into full view off to the south. On the south side, Black-throated Sparrows often nest upslope from the little pullout right be- fore milepost 11, and the songs of Sage Thrashers and Western Meadowlarks fill the soundscape. A few stops along the 14-mile stretch between Wright's Point and the refuge turnoff at Sodhouse Lane are worth- while. One or two pairs of Burrowing Owls typically nest in the vicinity of the 13- and 14-mile markers. Preferred n Cinnamon Teal. Photo © Mike Baird n Steens Mountain. Photo © Dave Irons n Eastern Kingbird. Photo © Dave Irons

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