Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Birders' Paradise

Continuing to push south into one of the biggest blank areas on the US map we spent three days at the Page Springs campground just outside Malheur Wildlife Reserve. This area has almost 400 species of birds and is a mecca for birders from all over the world. We saw several new ones for us including the huge sandhill crane. The campground was almost empty. Bill rode his mountain bike up the Steens Mountain Loop road ( which was closed to auto traffic due to the snow pack). He got 14 miles and 3,000 feet altitude gain into the Steens before being stopped by the snow. Bill and Debbie hiked a trail up to the top of the mesa where I took several of these pictures. It is impossible to exaggerate the beauty and wealth of wildlife here.

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