Thursday, August 02, 2012

Birding At Malheur Wildlife Refuge In Or.

Good morning to all.  We are parked at "Page Springs Campground" in Oregon.
Not fare from the big wild fire near the "Burns District".  Believe me is was not a small one.
DesertDale is in "seven-heaven".  These "Vultures" are common in warm climates.  Many roost together.   They area often seen  soaring high in the sky. This photo was taken on a old fire look out station in Burns District.
 This is a Northern Rough-Winged Swallow.  They are not very sociable as other swallows are. They don't gather in large flocks.
We are at a sight that is a haven for birding.  The Donner Und Blitzen River is right behind our campsite, lunch will be served , fishing is good in the river.. The Harney Lake and Malheur Lake are not far.  Plus the historic "Sod House Ranch" are in the area also.
This "Hawk" was keeping a close eye on DesertDale. There were many of them soaring  in the area of Page Spring Campground Area on our ,on our 40 mile trail ride.
The site is near Steens Mountain.  There are several foot trails, fishing is very near, wild life viewing is good, bike riding is a no-no.  There are some 10 trails for hiking,  horse trails and a 40 mile auto route.  Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 36391 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton, Or. 97721, phone 541/493 2612

We need to finish setting up our camp, as we are staying a few extra days.  It has tuned out to be a fine birding site.


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