I travelled to Morrow Co for the NAMC this year. I found 91 species, which isn’t too bad for only my second time really birding there. Highlights were Ferruginous Hawk, Grasshopper, Vesper and Brewer’s Sparrow, Long-billed Curlew, 2 Evening Grosbeaks in Boardman, Common Poorwill and Gray Jay.
Just as I was about to set out to the National Forest areas SE of Heppner, all hell broke loose with thunder, lightning and hail. That was it for the day. Neverless, my Morrow Co list got a big boost and stands at 121 now.
This Loggerhead Shrike seems to have set up shop at Monkland & Nish east of Moro in Sherman Co.
Short-eared Owls were numerous on fence posts in the middle of the day. The first picture is from Morrow Co, the second from Gilliam Co. The area 5mi east & west of Ruggs along 206 proved to be best for them.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds are pretty common near Boardman and at Umatilla NWR.
At DeMoss Springs in Sherman Co, I was surrounded by a family of Great Horned Owls with 3 young. Here a clumsy youngster trying to balance in the wind.