Bird Break: Malheur May 2017


WC and Mrs. WC spent a couple of days at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, south of Burns, Oregon. We camped at Page Springs Campground, at the far southern end of the Refuge. There were some challenges, including a couple inches of snow over Friday night, and a couple of hailstorms on Saturday evening that sent WC scurrying under a rock ledge along Donner und Blitzen River Trail.

Saturday morning, May 13, 2017; Page Spring Campground

Saturday morning, May 13, 2017; Page Spring Campground

Despite the meteorologic issues, photos were taken. Here’s a sample.

Lark Sparrow, Center Patrol Road, Malheur NWR

Lark Sparrow, Center Patrol Road, Malheur NWR

 

Barn Swallow on steel piling, Center Patrol Road, Malheur NWR

Barn Swallow on steel piling, Center Patrol Road, Malheur NWR

Western Wood Pewee, Blitzen River Trail, Malheur NWR

Western Wood Pewee, Blitzen River Trail, Malheur NWR

Cinnamon Teal, Page Springs Campground, Malheur NWR

Cinnamon Teal Drake, Page Springs Campground, Malheur NWR

Ruddy Duck Drake, Center Patrol Road, Malhuer NWR

Ruddy Duck Drake, Center Patrol Road, Malhuer NWR

White-faced Ibis, Happy Valley, Harney Basin

White-faced Ibis, Happy Valley, Harney Basin

Sage Thrasher on Sagebrush, Peter French Round Barn, Malheur NWR

Sage Thrasher on Sagebrush, Peter French Round Barn, Malheur NWR

When at Malheur, WC tries not to think about the Bundy thugs’ seizure and failed blackmail. But their actions jeopardized one of the nation’s great wildlife refuges. Among their many sins and crimes, for WC that is their greatest.

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