Around Sisters, OR (04/18/2010)

Above a Black-backed Woodpecker above. And a Pinyon Jay below …

An accommodating Pygmy Nuthatch was at the Entrada Lodge burn outside of Bend, OR.

A photogenic Western Bluebird in the morning sun.

We started out the day with about 100 noisy PINYON JAYS at McKinney Butte Rd & Trinity Way.

We then made our way over to the GW burn by taking the McKenzie Hwy out of Sisters for about 7.0mi and then turning north onto NF for Dev Rd 1028 (there was no road sign at the turnoff). About 2.8mi in, the first dead trees appeared and we made our first stop. There were 3 WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS on the east side of the road. At 3.1mi, we had 3 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS on the west side of the road. At 4.2mi we made a longer stop (this is where NF-2061 branches off I believe). Walking back south about 0.2mi, there is a denser grove of mostly live trees on the west side of the road. In this vicinity we had 1 THREE-TOED, 2 more BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS plus a Red-naped and a male WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER. A RUFFED GROUSE was heard drumming on a couple of occasions.
Thanks to Judy Meredith for the posting and sending the directions to this site.

We started out the day with about 100 noisy PINYON JAYS at McKinney Butte Rd & Trinity Way.We then made our way over to the GW burn by taking the McKenzie Hwy out of Sisters for about 7.0mi and then turning north onto NF for Dev Rd 1028 (there was no road sign at the turnoff). About 2.8mi in, the first dead trees appeared and we made our first stop. There were 3 WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS on the east side of the road. At 3.1mi, we had 3 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS on the west side of the road. At 4.2mi we made a longer stop (this is where NF-2061 branches off I believe). Walking back south about 0.2mi, there is a denser grove of mostly live trees on the west side of the road. In this vicinity we had 1 THREE-TOED, 2 more BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS plus a Red-naped and a male WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER. A RUFFED GROUSE was heard drumming on a couple of occasions.
Thanks to Judy Meredith for the posting and sending the directions to this site.

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