[Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring

Devon Comstock devonc78 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 18 15:09:36 PDT 2017

The Ochoco National Forest (near Prineville, OR) and Big Summit Prairie
offers both fabulous wildflowers and bird life.

Another favorite wildflower hike of mine is Canyon Creek Meadows at the
base of Three Fingered Jack. Amazing displays of shooting star, indian
paintbrush, monkeyflower and lupine. This is a later bloom, July. The hike
goes through some old burns and I have seen black backed woodpeckers there.

And finally another Central Oregon, lesser know spot is Spring Basin
Wilderness along the John Day River. In April the desert flowers begin to
bloom and the most spectacular is the bright pink pediocactus. Birding is
shrubsteppe species and riparian associates by the river. There is a huge
bald eagle nest en route to the trailhead. Not far from there is the Clarno
Unit of the John Day fossil beds, also good for hiking.

Have fun
Devon Comstock

On Mar 18, 2017 2:20 PM, "Lynn Wohlers" <wohlers13 at gmail.com> wrote:

Can anyone suggest a trip (overnight to several days, from Seattle area) to
take in Spring to see wildflowers and birds? The birding does not have to
be the best. I realize Ocean Shores is a great place to bird in Spring but
want to see wildflowers too - anywhere in central OR/WA that might work?

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