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Pacific Northwest Trip: Raptor Migration at Green Ridge with Brodie Cass Talbott *FULL*

We will meet at Indian Ford campground in Sisters at 8 a.m. on Saturday. We will slowly bird our way around the campground area, looking for local specialties like White-headed Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, and all three sapsuckers. From Indian Ford we will head up to Green Ridge. We will bird our way along the road and around Green Ridge for the remainder of the morning hoping for lucky encounters with Sooty Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, and fall migrants.

Lunch (don’t forget to bring one!) will be at the Green Ridge raptor observation point, and then we will spend the rest of the afternoon helping the Hawkwatch team locate and identify a steady stream of accipiters, hawks, eagles, and falcons.

This trip is scheduled for peak raptor migration, when the team has counted over 300 raptors in a single day, with the majority flying in the afternoon. Overall, the 2018 season had 15 species of raptors, including Broad-winged Hawk and Northern Goshawk, and with a good deal of luck, we may see one of these as well.
When the Hawkwatch adjourns at 5 p.m., we will end our day.

On Sunday, we will bird hotspots of the Sisters area including Calliope Crossing, which has a knack for turning up rare migrants in the fall, and is a prime location for Pinyon Jay, a specialty of the region, as well as Camp Sherman, the most enjoyable American Dipper viewing possible. The trip will adjourn by 4 p.m, allowing participants the opportunity to return home the same night.

This is a self-catering trip, and participants will provide their own accommodations as well as meals. We’ll stop both days for a picnic lunch along the route.

Important Trip Considerations

  • Sisters weather can be highly variable this time of year, from beautiful sunny days to cold and stormy. Please bring ample layers, and know that Green Ridge does occasionally cancel their Hawkwatch for weather – if it is too cloudy, the birds can not be counted.
  • We will be perched on top of a ridge for 3 to 5 hours. Full sun protection is strongly recommended. Participants will be responsible for their own comfort: A folding chair, sufficient water, a lunch and snacks are recommended.
  • The recommended lodging is Sisters Inn & Suites. Other accommodations are plentiful nearby. The town of Sisters is about ten minutes from Indian Ford Campground.

All COVID-19 safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Authority will be followed on our outdoor programs. Masks are mandatory.

Join Brodie Cass Talbott for a self-catering tour of peak raptor migration at Green Ridge.

Green Ridge is Oregon’s unsung raptor migration hotspot, with comparable numbers of raptors to the more well-known Bonney Butte, but easier access and more accessible local birding. We will augment an afternoon of raptor counting with birding around the Sisters and Black Butte area.


Trip Details

  • Trip Leader: Brodie Cass Talbott
  • Fee: $200 members / $260 non-members
  • When: October 2-3, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Group size: Limited to 10 participants
  • What is included: The services of your experienced Portland Audubon leaders.
  • Not included: Transportation, meals and lodging


October 2
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