Calliope Hummingbird

Half-day trip birding the lower slopes of the Siskiyou Mountains. We will encounter the male Calliope Hummingbird. He often displays more aggression per milligram than any other vertebrate in North America. The Calliope is also our smallest breeding bird species on the continent. They are so small you could mail ten of them for a single first class stamp! A Bushtit weighs almost twice as much. Other species we may encounter include Lazuli Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Band-tailed Pigeon, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and we’ll listen for Hermit Thrushes under the dark cover of conifers. Bring water and snacks.
*This trip is not recommended for children under 16

Field Trip Leader: Vince Zauskey
Vince is a long-time resident of the Rogue Valley and has been a member of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society since 1971. He has also been a member of the Klamath Bird Observatory for several years. Vince has led many local and regional birding field trips and has been a volunteer at North Mountain Park in Ashland for many years, completing yearly park surveys, photographing birds in the park, leading bird walks, and participating in the Feeder Watch program.
In the early 1980s, Vince did contract work for the US Forest Service. Working out of the Klamath National Forest office in Yreka, CA, he monitored Northern Spotted Owls and studied their habitat requirements and made recordings of birds seen in his study area. From 1990-1991, through the Bureau of Land Management office in Medford, OR, he researched owl habitat use and banded Northern Spotted Owls in the Butte Falls Resource Area. He also recorded data for other raptors identified in his study area.

Vince Zauskey


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