Birds of Cabin Lake pt 3

Here a some more birds and of course a chipmunk!

Clark's Nutcracker
Clark’s Nutcracker
there' that sparrow again
there’ that sparrow again
Cute isn't he?
Cute isn’t he?
Clark's Nutcracker group
Clark’s Nutcracker group

All photos by Michael Poe


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge- Another Look

All Photos by Michael Poe copyright 2015

A lot has happened at or near the refuge in the past few days some good, the militants leaving, and some regrettable, loss of life and sacred artifacts bring tampered with to name a few.

I thought you might like to see more photos from this area.

By the way The Red-breasted Grosbeak is a life bird for me–that makes just over 400, always nice to get one of those.

View near Malheur
View near Malheur
View near Malheur-Harney County
View near Malheur-Harney County
View near Malheur
View near Malheur
Rose-breasted Grosbeak at feeder
Rose-breasted Grosbeak at feeder
bullock’s oriole
bullock’s oriole
Western Tanager-Malheur
Western Tanager-Malheur
Black-headed Grosbeak at feeder-Malheur
Black-headed Grosbeak at feeder-Malheur


Despite all the recent problems, you can see why I will return to Malheur, I hope you go there as well.


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Sanctuary For Wild Birds and Wildlife

Malheur birding trail near lake, grounds
Malheur birding trail near lake, grounds
Birding Sanctuary, open water,open range, Malheur NWR
Birding Sanctuary, open water,open range, Malheur NWR
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Yellow-Headed Blackbird at feeder, Malheur NWR
Yellow-Headed Blackbird at feeder, Malheur NWR
Evening Grosbeak at feeder, Malheur NWR
Evening Grosbeak at feeder, Malheur NWR
White-Faced IBIS, Malheur NWR
White-Faced IBIS, Malheur NWR


The above photos are only a small portion of the reason this area attracts birders, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts year round. Malheur is the focus this winter of a dispute between militia groups and the federal government and this need to stop and stop soon!

The fact that no one wants the militants there seems lost on no one but the militants themselves. Such an occupation is bad for the economy of the area, which sees a lot of dollars from tourists who come to Malheur each year to see the many bird species that live here, and the others that use the refuge as their temporary “home” on the way to and from breading grounds in the North.

I’m not going to cover the other issues involved in the standoff between law enforcement and

the militants, except to say FBI do something please to give us back the place we so love to visit each year.

I would hate to loose this place to view the birds and I have to say remember the land originally belonged to the Northern Paiute’s.

One more thought: Who is feeding the birds who come the the feeders shown above?

All above photos taken by Michael Poe, copyright 2015

Playing possum


Being both a birder and an apartment dweller, I couldn’t have been more pleased then to find a location with a small wetlands facing my deck. During the past year I’ve counted over 50 species and have observed numerous wildlife dramas at this tiny oasis.

Early one morning last December I witnessed a most peculiar site. Just at the waters edge I spotted a red-tailed hawk it’s sharp talons firmly grasping a male Mallard. Oddly the hawk wasn’t attempting to carry his prize off nor did he seem ready to tear into it, he just stood there looking like “now what”?
Want to get a closer look, I dashed inside for my scope. Focusing on the events below I saw the hawk had moved off still eyeing his catch with the same confused look. The mallard for his part was still “playing possum”!

After 20 minutes of patiently watching the unchanging view, I decided to go inside when abruptly the Mallard moved.
He pulled his head from its tucked position, tipped himself upright and backpedaled into the water his eyes never leaving the hawk.
Eyeing the hawk for a few moments longer, the duck simply turned around and swim upstream apparently unharmed.
The Red-tailed too left a few minutes later in search perhaps of smaller prey something that can’t just get up and sail away.

By Joanna linsley-Poe
Article Copyright 1998 all rights reserved
Photos copyright by Wikipedia


Winter bird feeder

We are in the middle of an ice storm today, small in comparison to the ones I experienced in Minnesota when I lived there, but a local nuisance all the same.
People in Oregon don’t know how to handle these events so I find, if I’m able, that it’s best to stay at home until it passes. In Minnesota I had occasions where I had to chip off over 2 inches of ice off my car! By the way, it helps to start chipping with the drivers door so you can get to the ignition and start your car to help with the process!. Here I just stay away from the mess
Outside my kitchen I have a bird feeder, which today is sporting icicles.
I caught a couple of photos to show.
Happy winter…I mean autumn?

Photos and text,copyright 2014
Joanna Linsley-Poe


Here is another with the gold finches.


A new one

Just when I’ve seen it all a new twist comes along to prove that I still have a lot to learn.
Case in point is an easy one, my hopper bird feeder became the focus of birder panic…the birds not my own.
Looking out earlier today, just about dusk I saw a small bird bobbing
up and down and weaving side to side.
At first I thought nothing of it, there’s always something going on out there…then again it didn’t, look right. A female Goldfinch was inside the feeder where the seed should be! I swear!
I can only think the goldfinch was trying to get some seeds from the center of the feeder, it was almost empty at the time. The bird must have pushed the plastic up and out of its way only to have it fall back into place after the bird was inside, trapping it.

Gold finch made it inside…couldn’t get out!

You can see the plastic behind the goldfinch feeding at the bottom. It’s been raining here the last few days, hence the quality of the photos.

My husband said later I should have made a video, but at the time I could only think of putting the bird out of its misery by letting it out as quickly as I could.
By Joanna Linsley-Poe
Copyright 2014



A Gaggle of Crows

Crows like to get together in groups or so every birding book I’ve ever read has said. Recently I have seen two or more checking out the trees in my neighborhood as I go on my daily walk. I have seen crows many times on bird walks but always one or two at a time. For a larger gatherings I have to take myself back forty or so years to a time when I was living in Albuquerque New Mexico.
At the time I was living in Old Town across from a vacant field that has since become Tiguex Park. In the middle of that field there was a very large tree ( possibility an oak tree, I’m not sure ). Toward sunset you could see the crows start to congregate, ten, twenty, until the tree was full of them. The noise was deafening for maybe thirty minutes or so then they went quite until dawn. I was a night owl then so I used to stay up until first light and watch what was by then a hundred or so birds take flight into the morning sky, every day they did this I’m sure until the tree was cut down and they had to find another. The only other time I have seen that many birds do what birders call a fly out was south of Albuquerque near Socorro at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge when thousands of Sand Hill Cranes and Snow Geese stop there to fatten up for their migration north.
I checked for that tree one visit back in the city and it was indeed gone to make way for picnic tables and Jungle Jim’s for children to play on, but I miss the crows nonetheless, it was truly a sight to see.