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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89 March 2017 | Birder's Guide to Travel diculously abundant along this stretch. Over the last two to three miles, before reaching the P Ranch, listen for and look for male Bobolinks displaying over the wet grassy patches on both sides of the road. The dike trail along the canal at P Ranch is usually good for migrants, various species of swallows, and more Yellow Warblers and Willow Flycatchers. Roosting Turkey Vultures dot the fire lookout tower early and late in the day. From the end of the CPR, turn right to return to Highway 205 at the small com - munity of Frenchglen, or drive east about a mile or so to Page Springs Campground, where large trees and streamside riparia are again good for migrant passerines. From Frenchglen, continue south through the Catlow Valley and down to the little ranching town of Fields (57 miles). Along the way, stop at Roaring Springs Ranch and scan the rimrocks for White-throated Swifts. Once in Fields, check the oasis of trees across from town. This is a magical vagrant trap. The tiny café serves fantastic burgers and the best milkshake you'll get anywhere. It's a longer and slower trip to take the Top: n "Lesser" Sandhill Cranes endure a spring snowstorm. Photo © Daniel C. Barton Left: n Juvenile Virginia Rail. Photo © Dave Irons

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