Fields Oasis

The oasis at Fields (Birding Oregon p. 19) is a tiny site, but one of the better known hotspots in Oregon. This little clump of willows around a spring is surrounded by miles of sage steppe, so it is very attractive to species normally found in woodland habitats.

A pair of Great Horned Owls can usually be seen here.

This adult was sitting on a fallen tree right over the water.

They were keeping track of this little guy.

A pair of American Kestrels were also nesting at the oasis. Here is the male with a rodent.

The big attraction for birders is the possibility of vagrants from the east. On this day a Northern Parula was the highlight. Other eastern warblers had been found the week before, and still others appeared later. One never knows what will show up on a given day.