Date: September 15, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Mountain Home, Idaho
Mileage: End - 116028
Start - 115712
Total Miles for the day: 316
Temperature: start 37º
High 92º (Real temp swing!)
Wildlife count: Red Fox, Mule Deer, Jackrabbit, Coyotes (4), Pronghorn
Birds: Meadowlark, Canada Geese, Lesser Yellowlegs, Great Egret, White Pelicans, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, American Coots, Avocets, Killdeer, Caspian Terns, Northern Shovelers, Clark’s Grebe, Ring-billed Gull, California Quail, Barn Swallows, Bank Swallows, Northern Harrier, Magpie, Common Nighthawk, Townsends Warbler, Gadwall,
American Widgeon, ¬, Cinnamon Teal, Red-wing Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow, American Robin, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Mallard, Canvasback Duck, ¬, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Sandhill Cranes, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-necked Stilts, White-faced Ibis, Northern Flicker, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Geese, Red-tailed Hawk, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Ruddy Duck, European Starlings, Rough-legged Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Black Vulture, Orange-crowned Warbler, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove.
Had oatmeal for breakfast and left the camper by 6:30, just after sunrise. Our destination was Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, known for its birds during migration. We were not disappointed! We could easily volunteer here during the fall migration – there were birds everywhere, and we didn’t begin to see but a portion of the refuge. We wish we knew more about and could identify warblers, because the trees were full of them! We were there for the shorebirds, and they were there by the thousands. What a treat. We saw 52 species of birds, six of which are life birds for us.
We got back to Burns around 11:30, grabbed a burger, finished packing and were on the road by noon. We followed Rt 20 over Stinking Water Pass (4848’) and Drink Water Pass (4212’) to get to the eastern farming areas of Oregon, growing onions, potatoes, sugar beets, corn and a mystery crop, along with lots of alfalfa.
We crossed the Snake River at Ontario, OR and drove 95 miles into Idaho to get to the Mountain View RV Park. Dinner was brats, mac/cheese with fresh broccoli and carrot cake (from the volunteer party) for dessert. We downloaded and worked on the photos till bedtime.