Monday, May 3, 2010

Woodpecker Wonderland

I live in the land of woodpeckers. Recent trips out into nearby burnt forests have revealed several different species: Lewis', black-backed, hairy, downy, and northern flicker. In another section of the same woodlands that has not been burned in the past fifty years, I came across Williamson sapsuckers dueling with Western bluebirds and pygmy nuthatches over nest cavities. If I headed north to Sisters and the GW Burn, I could add white-headeds, American three-toeds and others to this list. All within a 40-mile radius of home.

For those of you unfamiliar with Central Oregon, visit the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail Web site for a copy of the birding trail map. There is a lot of information regarding birding locations, species and directions. To compliment the map, also check out the Birding Locations In Oregon section on the East Cascades Audubon Society's site. There is a wealth of information on local birding spots to peruse.

Best birding to you!

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