Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Oregon Day V: Sisters - Woodpecker Alley
With Bend as base camp for the last two days of my Oregon birding adventure, I was able to catch some extra shut-eye ('till 5:45 AM!) on the morning of Thursday June 24. The target for today was the forest hills to the west of the town of Sisters, famous for harboring one of the greatest density and variety of woodpeckers in North America. I spent all morning hiking through recent forest burns and manzanita scrubs, and found many new species for the trip including my lifer White-headed Woodpecker (5 individuals seen!). I also got much better looks at a fly-by Lewis's Woodpecker, Western Bluebird, Olive-sided, Dusky and Hammond's Flycatchers, MacGillivray's and Nashville Warbler, and to much surprise a singing adult male American Redstart! This bird is very uncommon on the west coast and according to my field guide its range is limited to the extreme NE corner of Oregon.