Thursday, August 16, 2012

Where should I go birding in September?

Fall migration is in full swing. Unlike spring, fall migration is more relaxed... and the weather's better. Plus, the number of birds is doubled as the young-of-the-year--both local residents and distant migrants--join their parents at your favorite patch.

If you've never been to Malheur NWR, in SE Oregon in September, perhaps you should check it out. For one thing, there are far fewer biting mosquitoes and flies in fall than in spring and summer. It may be a good time to drive up the Steens Mountain to see if you can find Black Rosy Finches. One of my favorite memories from fall at Malheur was having a picnic lunch on the lawn at Headquarters while a vagrant Brown Thrasher hopped nearby on the lawn.

Where are you planning on watching birds in the coming month and what species do you hope to see there? Are you a field trip organizer? We want to hear what you offer (fee or free). Leave your response in the Comments section as ideas for others.

Birding festivals:

Puget Sound Bird Festival
September 7-9, 2012
Edmonds, Washington

Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Pateros, Washington


  1. How is birding in Malheur in early October? I have the first two weeks of October off work and would love to go birding somewhere within a days' drive of Portland. I've only been to Malheur in the spring.

  2. ElizO, Harney County, where Malheur NWR is located, shows 170 species for October in the eBird database. Check out the barchart of October birds at Malheur.

  3. Oh, I didn't know how to do that on eBird, thanks very much!