May 2014 – Cottonwood Canyon – John Day River, Oregon
These colorful birds are abundant in parts of the sagebrush above the river’s edge in Cottonwood Canyon. In particular, on the east bank, not far from the trailhead.
May 2010 – Hell’s Canyon, OR
At first, I had assumed these birds were Western Bluebirds, but on closer inspection, realized my mistake. They were fairly common in the canyon-side brush about mid-elevation, in the springtime.