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() Ornithological Highlights: Riparian habitat on the refuge support Yellow Warblers and Willow Flycatchers, both species that have been identified as focal species by Partners in Flight.No formal surveys have been done to estimate populations, but the Yellow Warbler population is estimated to be around 25 pairs during the breeding season.
The flowers are also eaten by songbirds such as Purple Finches and Golden-crowned Sparrows before and during spring migration.Sandhill Cranes nest in wet meadows and wetlands around Alvord Lake, mostly on the north end (7 pairs in 1999/2000 per Gary Ivey).Other species documented by BLM in recent years include: Eared, Clark's and Western Grebe, Great Egret, mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Prairie Falcon, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Western Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Black Tern, Common Nighthawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Sage Thrasher, Sage Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.Ornithological Highlights: This habitat is highly important to a very specific bird community that includes Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, and California Towhee.All but the Wrentit are near the northern extent of their range in this IBA, and all but the gnatcatcher are year-round residents in this habitat.For more information on Alvord Lake and Basin IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.
Links: Location: Near the city of Jacksonville in south central Jackson County, on BLM lands up Little Applegate Road (lands north of Little Applegate River) past the junction with Sterling Creek Road.
The Alsea Bay IBA includes all tidelands, submerged lands and some adjacent uplands in Alsea Bay, including the Bayview Oxbow, Eckman Lake, Lint Slough, the last mile of Starr Creek, and approximately the last 2 miles of Drift Creek before its convergence with the Alsea River, and downstream to the river mouth.
Location: Alsea Bay IBA is on the central Oregon coast where the Alsea River meets the Pacific Ocean, adjacent to the city of Waldport in southern Lincoln County.
In addition, the manzanita in these shrublands provides resources to a diversity of birds year-round.
During winter, manzanita provides a berry food source for several species, particularly Hermit Thrushes.
Takes in Wolf Gap, Tunnel Ridge, and Goat Cabin Ridge.