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James Billstine
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A hike at North Bank Habitat Management Area
Early this winter break I got to spend some time back in Douglas County. I decided to make an effort to see if I could find some BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the area, as they have been reported in multiple parts of the state. After conferring with some local exper...
A hike at North Bank Habitat Management Area
A hike at North Bank Habitat Management Area
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The Search for the Rogue Valley in Southern Douglas County
    The unique habitat of southern Douglas County, starting near Myrtle Creek, reminds a person more of what they would find in Josephine and Jackson County. There are serpentine and ceanothus covered hillsides, jack pine trees, and dry arid slopes in the s...
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Hiatus and Renewal
    What a rush! After a couple of months of getting back into the swing of teaching, and dealing with life hiccups, my year is winding down. We couldn't get a pelagic trip on account of the weather, and that, combined with some missed birds early in the ye...
Hiatus and Renewal
Hiatus and Renewal
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Retribution: Falcon
    This has been one of those surreal birding weekends for me. I've been trying to break my streak of bad luck on paddles out to the mudflats. So far I have: Broken a paddle on the river and had to wave down for help Burst a tube Punctured the shell Almost...
Retribution: Falcon
Retribution: Falcon
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The Running List
The Dreaded Count-Up: Legend: Bold: If I work at it I should be able to find one Italics: Maybe I can find one Strikethrough: One might show up but I can't count on it Blue: Found Since List First Posted Swans, Ducks, Geese: Eurasian Wigeon Greater Scaup Lo...
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Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Ups and Downs of Big Year Birding
    A couple of weekends on the coast have left me beat up and tired. I came home this weekend with two blisters on the pads of my feet, and a hole in the bottom of my kayak. To top it off, I haven't made a single trip into the estuary without something goi...
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Of Boats and Birds
    I finally made it out to the Douglas County Coast again, my second of a planned 5-6 trips looking for shorebirds. The red X is where I put in. The blue is Matt's Flats around A'eron Island. The black is "The Point" of Triangle Island. The green is where...
Of Boats and Birds
Of Boats and Birds
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Year Bird # 235 and the Quest for a Solitary Sandpiper
    I have been on the search for a Solitary Sandpiper, which would be a life bird, not to mention a county year bird for me. With or without this bird, my numbers have been steadily climbing. It seems like Solitary Sandpipers are being reported everywhere ...
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Virginia Rail-Take Two
    A couple of weeks ago I got some poor pics of Virginia Rails on Plat I Reservoir outside of Sutherlin, OR. Today I was delighted to see that at least one bird was foraging on a small section of mudflats that I have started calling "Rail Cove." Do YOU se...
Virginia Rail-Take Two
Virginia Rail-Take Two
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Yay Peeps! My Attempt at Teaching Basic West Coast Peep Identification
    Every year when I start looking at shorebirds again they all seem to blend together. Western, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers are all a shade off of each other.  The differences between species, especially peeps, can seem minuscule. I headed out to P...
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