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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Birding Oregon's Big Country 86 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 Malheur and Harney lakes during peri- ods of high water. In the early 1980s, the road level had to be raised due to annual spring flooding. Turn east on Sodhouse Lane (at The Narrows RV Park and Store), and travel about five miles to reach Malheur NWR headquarters. As this article was being prepared, the headquarters compound remained closed to the public in the perches, typically the larger corner posts, are marked by fresh "whitewash". At milepost 17, look for a lone juni - per just west of the highway. A pair of Ferruginous Hawks has nested in this tree for many years. Keep in mind that adults are either incubating eggs or feed- ing hungry chicks during the breeding season, so lengthy stops and exiting vehicles are discouraged, as this might push adults away from the nest for too long. If incubating adults flush off the nest, it's time to move on. Between Double O Road (milepost 21) and the refuge headquarters turn- off, Highway 205 crosses a long, raised causeway at The Narrows. This low- lying area has been completely dry dur- ing the protracted drought of recent years but is the connecting arm between n Ross's Goose. Photo © Dave Irons n Buena Vista Ponds. Photo © Diana Byrne n Yellow-headed Blackbird. Photo © Dave Irons

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