Malheur NWR

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most popular birding destinations in Oregon, not just for the abundant expected species, but also for the eastern vagrants that turn up there every year. Our Birdathon team from the Audubon Society of Portland visited the area June 7-9.

The trees and shrubs around the refuge headquarters are very attractive to birds.

Pine Siskins

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Western Tanagers were abundant in the trees and in the sagebrush.

The lawn at headquarters hosts a large colony of Merriam’s Ground Squirrels.

The view from Buena Vista, with Steens Mountain in the background

In warmer weather, this part of the state is great for herps, like this Western Fence Lizard.

Eastern Kingbird

Black-necked Stilt

Common Nighthawk

Northern Flicker, nesting in the town of Frenchglen, near the southern end of the refuge

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