Little Bunting and Spruce Grouse (Joseph, OR, 04/14/13)

My main goal this weekend was to catch a displaying Spruce Grouse at McCully Creek. Ok, I was also going to look (at least for a few minutes) for the Little Bunting in Joseph …

When I arrived in Joseph on 4/13, the Bend guys had already taken position at the feeders in the alley between Lake & College and Joseph & Williams, so I simply joined them and the fancy bunting was soon found. On 4/14, I decided to go back for pictures. Tim Jantzen and I soon relocated the bird and got good looks. I snapped the following pictures …

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We heard and saw the bird sing several times today. It was hard to discern the song through the cacophony of siskin and goldfinch songs.

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The back pattern (at least to a degree) and the back of the head.

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This Mountain Bluebird was trying to hold on in the wind along Klages Rd near Joseph.

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Btw, I succeeded finding a Spruce Grouse, but it was too dark for good pictures. Access was somewhat difficult because of the snow.

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An early AZ weekend trip (04/07&08/2013)

Another AZ weekend blitz yielded 125 species including Violet-crowned (Paton’s) and Lucifer Hummingbird (Ash Canyon B&B), Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Greater Pewee, Olive and Grace’s Warbler at Upper Carr Canyon, an Elf Owl at the Spirit Tree Inn. We looked for the Rufous-capped Warblers at Florida Canyon, but we didn’t have the timing quite right and failed.

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Buff-breasted Flycatchers were common in Upper Carr Canyon.

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This one is a Hutton’s Vireo from Florida Canyon, a migrant.

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This Vesper Sparrow was very confiding at the San Pedro House.

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Finally, a Pyrrhuloxia in bad lighting.