Frenchglen

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

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Malheur Center Patrol Road

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Diamond Craters

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The Narrows

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Benson Pond

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Page Springs Campground and nature trails

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Krumbo Reservoir

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Malheur Field Station

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Sodhouse Ranch

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Buena Vista Ponds and Overlook

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Seasons

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Location

Located 60 miles south of Burns on Hwy 205, Frenchglen is a popular place to stop by birders visiting the Malheur Refuge.

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Habitat and Birds

Frenchglen’s many large deciduous trees are a magnet for migrant passerines. Rare vagrants have been found here with regularity in the spring and especially the fall.

From the main road, search the trees in the area for woodpeckers, sapsuckers, passerines, and even the occasional owl.

The Frenchglen Hotel, located on the south end of town, welcomes birders on their property. (This is also a great place to stay during a trip to Malheur NWR).

If the Frenchglen Mercantile is open, check with them (and support their existence) to get permission to bird their grounds. The school on the north end of town provides very good birding. Private land owners just north of the school feed the birds and a small donation for bird seed is always welcome.

Other properties in town are privately owned and birding should be restricted to the road.

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