Malheur Spring Weekend 3

Sunday, April 21, 2002, Led by Steve Shunk

Photos by Bill Walker

15 Species at Malheur NWR, OR

Greater Sage-Grouse
Woah. We did make it to the Lek around sunrise, and I've never seen anything like that. They chased each other, they strutted, they fought, they made that weird toilet-plunger popping sound.
Sharp-shinned Hawk
an unexpected bird for Malheur
Sage Thrasher
We got a couple of quick looks at this species, enough to put it on the trip list but not enough to put it on the life list. Maybe next time.
Common Yellowthroat
Bill saw it, Steve and Mary didn't
Cassin's Finch
We had a hard time telling it from House Finch, and so won't count it on the life list

15 Species at Malheur NWR, OR

Greater Sage-Grouse
Woah. We did make it to the Lek around sunrise, and I've never seen anything like that. They chased each other, they strutted, they fought, they made that weird toilet-plunger popping sound.
Sharp-shinned Hawk
an unexpected bird for Malheur
Sage Thrasher
We got a couple of quick looks at this species, enough to put it on the trip list but not enough to put it on the life list. Maybe next time.
Common Yellowthroat
Bill saw it, Steve and Mary didn't
Cassin's Finch
We had a hard time telling it from House Finch, and so won't count it on the life list

15 Species at Malheur NWR, OR

Malheur NWR
Cassin's Finch
We had a hard time telling it from House Finch, and so won't count it on the life list
Common Yellowthroat
Bill saw it, Steve and Mary didn't
Greater Sage-Grouse
Woah. We did make it to the Lek around sunrise, and I've never seen anything like that. They chased each other, they strutted, they fought, they made that weird toilet-plunger popping sound.
Sage Thrasher
We got a couple of quick looks at this species, enough to put it on the trip list but not enough to put it on the life list. Maybe next time.
Sharp-shinned Hawk
an unexpected bird for Malheur

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We left the motel very early to get to the Lek by sunrise. After breakfast in Frenchglen we looked around the Page Springs campground and Double OO field station before driving back to Sisters. What an awesome trip!