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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87 March 2017 | Birder's Guide to Travel wake of the January 2016 occupation by armed protesters. Modern security de- vices are being installed, and indications suggest that future access will be more restricted than it has been in the past, when the grounds were open to birders from sunup to sundown. Amidst an almost treeless landscape, migrant songbirds gravitate to the tall trees that surround headquarters. Many vagrant warblers, vireos, and flycatch- ers have been found here over the years, including several first Oregon records. When open, the visitor center offers souvenirs and keeps a list of interesting bird and mammal sightings. The lawn at headquarters features a small city of res- ident Belding's ground squirrels. Their considerable excavations may produce a broken ankle if you don't watch your step. On cool spring and fall mornings, migrant warblers, sparrows, and bun- tings congregate on the brushy slopes on the south side of the headquarters grounds and then move into the trees as the temperatures warm. Effectively birding headquarters can take a couple hours, with multiple loops around the perimeter to check all the trees and hedges. Just when you think n Black Rosy-Finch. Photo © Tom Benson n Vintage sign at historic P Ranch. Photo © Daniel C. Barton

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