From the Village Green we traveled towards the Three Creeks area and stopped at the Rooster Rock burn. In this human-caused burn, we found several other woodpeckers: black-backed, hairy, and downy. Evidence of woodpecker activity was easy to see on the blackened trees; removal of the outer charcoaled bark revealed the lighter colored layers below. We also located a few yellow-rumped warblers, northern flickers, and common ravens.
|Raven in flight|
One person in the group mentioned a desire to see pinyon jays, so the guides Howard and Judy drove us straight to a flock of over 50 birds foraging alongside the road. Ask and ye shall receive.
From the jays we drove to Camp Polk Preserve, a Deschutes Land Trust holding in Sisters. Here we found more yellow-rumps and kinglets, song sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, a lone female wood duck, and white-breasted nuthatches. That made a trifecta of nuthatches for the day. There were also western bluebirds and a Say's phoebe. One treat of the visit was watching a flying osprey carrying prey trying to outrun a bald eagle. Wasn't going to happen. The eagle gained enough elevation to stoop after the osprey. After a few attempted manuevers to ditch the eagle, the osprey finally dropped the fish which the eagle easily snatched in mid-air.
Deschutes County Big Year List to date: 106 species