Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in June can be a contrast of bounty. In a wet year, the baby shorebirds and song birds are right beside the road and so plentiful it's hard to decide what to take a photo of. In a dry year , the birds are there, they're just harder to find and photograph. This year was a dry year again, the last wet year was 2012. These images are from the June 20 to 22 Malheur Photography Workshop.
I went up the Foster Flat road to see if any of the Greater Sage-Grouse were still around, I looked two mornings in a row and didn't see any. I knew it was a long shot in June, but decided to try since they are such cool birds. I did find a bunch of sage birds, and had a nice morning up there.
After trying for the Sage Grouse I went down to P Ranch to see if I could find any Bobolink, and along the way I found Cedar Waxwing and Willow Flycather.
The Willow Flycathers and the Yellow Warblers were really singing up a storm in the mornings, this Yellow Warbler let me listen for several minutes before changing locations.
There's a swallow box near Benson Pond, and they offered some close images.
On my second day of scouting the refuge for birds, I decided to try the northern portion of the Central Patrol Road, I did manage to find a few Black Terns, but with less water, there were not many birds in this area.
Ending the day at The Narrows, from the pull off between the lakes, Forster's Terns were flying by, and then on the way to dinner at The Narrow RV Park, they had two Common Nighthawks on the fence railings.
Also at P Ranch there were plenty of White-faced Ibis and three times in three days there were Bobolink right beside the road. I saw more Ibis and Bobolinks in this visit then any other visit to Malheur.
Bobolin are on everybody's want list when they visit Malheur, this year it was easy, most years it's a difficult task and involves walking on the river trail and fighting misquotes. Glad to have it easy this year, but they're such interestingly marked birds, it's always a joy to see them.