Stillwater NWR Birding
The day at the refuge was very successful. I’ve been ‘birding,’ as they now call it since I was a young lad. We can usually expect to see many species of birds at Stillwater that we won’t see in the Puget Sound area. We saw 26 species, of which only a couple were birds that we would find at home. The most interesting were white-faced ibis, long-billed curlew, yellow-headed blackbirds, American avocet, black-necked stilts, white pelican, horned larks and western kingbirds. Birding is cheap entertainment. All that’s required is a pair of binoculars and a good identification book. And in recent years several very good ones have been published. We enjoyed our day at Stillwater and hope to go back again next year.
We had intended to visit Lake Malheur Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon on the way home. However, my wife fell in the bathroom of the hotel room and was dealing with a knot on her head and pretty bad headaches. So we cut short the trip and headed for home. Some other time.