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 88 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 you've seen all the birds, something new often pops up. Headquarters is best first thing in the morning and just before dusk. Midday birding tends to be slow. There are two options for birding south through the Blitzen Valley. The all-gravel Center Patrol Road (CPR) runs north–south from headquarters to the P Ranch at the south end of the refuge. The northern sections of the CPR only occasionally pass through quality wet - land, whereas returning to Highway 205 and traveling south on paved roads is the quickest way to reach better birding ar- eas. The rimrock overlook at Buena Vista Station (milepost 38) offers an expan - sive view of the Blitzen Valley, while the ponds below are good for nesting ducks, herons, grebes, and White-faced Ibis. Continue nine more miles and turn east at the poorly marked turnoff to Krumbo Reservoir (milepost 47). Look for a large mailbox and a wagon wheel. After 0.2 miles, Krumbo Road crosses the Blitzen River (channeled). Turn right onto the gravel CPR (unsigned) and fol- low it south along the east side of the canal. The next 10 miles pass through excellent wetland habitats, ending at the P Ranch. A half-mile south of Krumbo Road, Benson Pond is on the left side of the CPR. Trumpeter Swans nest here, and in most years, a family group of Great Horned Owls occupies the row of large willows along the north side of the pond. The trees on the backside of Benson Pond have a long history of at- tracting vagrants. The next several miles of the CPR are lined with dense willows. Yellow Warblers and Willow Flycatchers are ri - Top: n Sage Thrasher. Photo © Tom Benson Left: n White-faced Ibis. Photo © Dave Irons Bottom: n Greasewood plain in the high desert near Harney Lake. Photo © Daniel C. Barton

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