Last week I posted about the first half of our trip to Oregon, where we spent a few days on the coast in Cannon Beach. Here I am going to continue to tell you about the last few days that we spent east of the Cascades in and around Sisters. We had made arrangements to bird with my buddy Steve Shunk, who is probably a bigger woodpecker fanatic than I (he's writing the Peterson's Guide to the Woodpeckers of North America, which hopefully will be out towards the end of next year) and who owns and runs Paradise Birding. If you have the opportunity to ever bird with Steve, I would highly recommend it - he really knows his stuff, not to mention he's just a great guy. Our first day out, Steve picked up us bright and early and within 10 minutes we were watching our first target of the day, a stunning pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers:
While we were watching the sapsuckers, Steve's sharp ears picked up the peeping of some nestlings nearby, which turned out to be a cavity full of Red-shafted Northern Flicker chicks!
I've spent a lot of this post talking about White-headed Woodpeckers, but haven't posted any pics yet. We'd seen several, but spent more time looking than photographing, as they seemed pretty skittish. Before the day was over though, I'd revisited one of the nesting pairs we'd seen earlier, and using the car as a blind, took a few minutes to photograph one of my favorite birds of this trip.
We did have one more full day with Steve, with quite a surprise, but I'll save that for one more post...