Calliope Crossing, Sisters, OR

Ran down to Sisters, OR last Sunday night (6/30/2019) to view a leucistic sapsucker coming to a nest at a popular birding spot named Calliope Crossing, after the calliope hummingbird often seen here. Although we saw the sapsucker the next morning, with the help of OSU biologists who pointed out the nesting tree to us, we were unable to manage a photograph.

We did manage a photo of its mate. Both are hybrids of red-breasted and red-napped sapsuckers; Calliope Crossing lies within the area where the two species overlap in range.

We also caught a photo of a nestling peeking out of its nest hole.

And of course we enjoyed the continuing wildflowers…

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