Merlin! (Baker City, OR, 03/25/12)

This columbarius Merlin wasn’t going anywhere. He quickly lost interest when I started scoping ducks a mere 50ft from him.

Other highlights from Baker Co include oodles of Cassin’s Finches, Red Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks near Sumpter, lots of waterfowl in the 3 Best Frontage Rd ponds just NE of Baker City (including Barrow’s Goldeneye, Canvasback and Redhead), lingering Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk and American Tree Sparrow (1 at Virtue Flat 0.8mi into Ruckles Creek Rd) and newly arrived Sage Thrashers, Violet-green Swallow and Sandhill Cranes. Still winter over there overall …

Nice to see were several Bighorn Sheep at both Burnt River Canyon west of Durkee and near MP117 of I84 on the way back home.

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3 Comments

  1. Absolutely insane photo! Holy cow!!!

    Also, congrats on the Bighorn Sheep! We just saw 20 or 30 on I-84 just east of Biggs. I can’t get over how stout they are. They’re built like Pit Bulls.

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  2. What a great photo!Thanks for sharing! If you ever make plans to do some bird watching in the Sumpter Dredge Park, would love to tag along!

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