Exploring the Refuge and My ” Guide ” Arrives
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I drove the refuge main road again this morning and once again found the pair of Short-eared Owls, though they remained just out of range,
once again found several Northern Harriers, including the elusive Gray Ghost,
plus a Canada goose family with five goslings, along Buena Vista Pond.
Probably one of the reasons these guys have become so numerous, and become such a pest, is because they are such good, protective parents.
There are all kinds of small birds along the road, such as Magpies, Meadowlarks, and many, many Red-headed Blackbirds, singing up a storm.
I made a quick run up to Burns to fill up the Prius and grab some groceries, and on my return south on Route 205, I saw this Ferruginous Hawk taking off just off the side of the road, another first time bird for me.
Jim Palmer arrived around 3 PM and we talked for a couple of hours and then decided to go out to check on the Sage Grouse lek off Foster Flat Road around 6 PM. We saw a few at twilight but they were too far off, and there just wasn’t enough light to shoot. I definitely will return to this location for what is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Jim is a long time gifted wildlife photographer I met in Yellowstone National park a couple years back and he had graciously agreed to meet me here and show me the ropes, as he has been photographing here at Malhuer for many years. There is a lot of ground to cover here at Malhuer and it will be nice to have someone to show me where everything is ( or might be, I should say ).
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