Nature Notes

December 21, 2012

Oregon Mountain Birds

Filed under: Birds,Oregon — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Clark\'s Nutcracker

Clark’s Nutcracker

I spent a day and a half around the Sisters/ Bend area, looking to see some of the higher elevation species. I ended up with a nice assortment of species including some of the harder to find like Pinyon Jay and American Three-toed Woodpecker .

The Pinyon Jays were found right in the town in a church parking lot along with some Clark’s Nutcrackers . About 20 California Quail were wandering the same area.

Higher up around Round Lake I found a male American Three-toed Woodpecker , a life bird for me.Western Bluebirds were numerous and the occasional Yellow-rumped Warbler was still around.Chestnut-backed Chickadees joined Pygmy Nuthatches in foraging groups. An Orange-crowned Warbler worked the brushy areas, and a single Steller’s Jay was about.

Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows were common in the brush.In more open grasslands Black-billed Magpies flew about, showing off their gorgeous plumage.

September/2007 trip

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  1. There is an extremely tame bird in the Oregon mountains at Odell Lake that will eat food out of your hand. It has a crest, and although it’s been a while I think it had a white breast and brown back feathers. I have seen it at Mt. Hood, too. They are curious and very friendly for a wild bird. Do you know what species it is?

    Comment by Heather — December 21, 2012 @ 7:37 am

  2. Hi Heather:

    I’m not sure what it would be. Birds that commonly do this would be Gray Jay, and Steller Jay. Steller’s have a crest but are all blue while Gray Jay are mostly gray with a dark cap and no crest. The other possible is a Clark’s Nutcracker. If you have a field guide, have a look at those three and see what you think.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — December 21, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  3. Harold, Great posting. I’m planning at trip next summer to this exact area. They have a woodpecker festival that features 11 species, along with many western goodies. You are a fortunate, well traveled man! Thanks for sharing your travels!

    Comment by Dwayne — December 21, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

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