Moro

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Moore Road

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Gordon Ridge Road

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Monkland Lane

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Van Gilder Road

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Wasco and Wasco Sewage Ponds

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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Location

Moro is located 62 miles north of Madras and 18 miles south of the Columbia River on Hwy 97. Don’t miss the Moro Sewage Ponds which can be accessed by taking 1st Street east to the edge of town. Look for an unmarked road (it might say Railroad Ave) . Take this road left (north) to the edge of the ponds. You may be able to view the north end of the ponds from Hwy 97 but parking on the edge of the road is extremely hazardous and not recommended.

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Habitat and Birds

This is the largest community in Sherman County and the county seat. There are more large trees here than anywhere else which gives it the most potential as a migrant trap. Both Eurasian Collared-Dove and Western Scrub-Jay have been seen here. It is an essential stopover for anyone creating a county list as it is the best opportunity to pick up passerines that are not going to be found out in the wheat country. California Quail are here year round and Rufous Hummingbird can be found in summer. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers have been seen here. Mountain Chickadees are resident and Vaux’s Swift can be seen overhead in season. Migrants include warblers (even a Magnolia Warbler in 1988), vireos (Cassin’s and Warbling), flycatchers, Townsend’s Solitaire, Harris’s Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Cassin’s Finch. Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike can be found very close to town. The sewage ponds have yielded peeps, dowitchers, ducks, Great Blue Heron, and American Coot.

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