Two of our Malheur birders were from the San Francisco Bay Area.  After our birding last week they drove home.  Here’s the brief report from Karen Anderson…note we had missed Blue-winged Teal all week!

Pat and I left Malheur on Monday morning and took Greenhouse Lane.  Anne had told us to stop at the ranch along the road just east of where we watched the Black Terns as the corrals were all flooded.  We did, and the first bird we saw was a….wait for it….a Blue-winged Teal.
On we went to Highway 20 to 395.  We stopped at a Rest Stop just north of lake Abert*, and as soon as we stepped out of the car, we heard a Sage Thrasher.  Just across the highway prominently perched on top of a tall sagebrush was the Thrasher.  He sang, and then, he made a flying loop around a small territory and…

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