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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Malheur HQ.

Malheur headquarters is one of those magical migrant traps where you can stare into a shrub for thirty minutes until you're cross-eyed and maybe drooling a little, while orioles and grosbeaks and warblers hop around like it ain't no thing.  The feeders are packed with birds and the ground is packed with ground squirrels.  Everything is okay at headquarters.  Even the gigantic toilet seats.  

Marshall Pond

On our recent Malheur adventure, Christian and I spent many hours wandering this place collecting about 65 species here alone.  No rarities but lots of top notch birds.  A Black-headed Grosbeak pooped on my head.  It was rad.

Let's begin with the nesting Swainson's Hawks...

And everything else...

 Belding's ground squirrels

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

 Bright Cassin's Vireo?   Blue-headed Vireo!!!!!

 Rufous Hummingbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Western Tanager

 Evening Grosbeaks

The only Calliope I saw, and the only shot I got of it. 

 Red-naped Sapsucker

Great Horned nesting in the top of the tower, begging for coffee

 Black-chinned Hummingbirds

 Window strike survivor.  Almost stepped on her which would have really bummed some people out. 

 Blurry Bullock's Oriole

 Blurry empid.... Hammond's I'm pretty sure.  

So much awesomeness there, can't wait to go back someday.  Good times!!!