The Lewis Woodpecker & Current Tetherow Bird Count

by Cal Elshoff The iconic bird of Tetherow! The Lewis’ Woodpecker is not endangered but is on the watch list. It was first identified by Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Corp of Discovery. It has a greenish‑black head and body with a light collar and red face with a pinkish belly. In flight, it’s darkness, large size and slow, steady wing beat give them a crow‑like appearance. They are common in open woodlands, interior foothills, and valleys, often in burned over areas. They travel southwest for the winter, preferring southwestern Oregon and northern California where oak trees are prevalent. Their main food is insects but they also enjoy fruit and nuts. They are not strong enough the build their… Read More

The Bend Quail Trail – Helping Baby Birds Every Spring

The Cox family creates tiny steps near Tetherow curbs to aid struggling baby quail. by Yoko Minoura If a career as a professional soccer player doesn’t work out, 8-year-old Colton Cox said he’d be happy to become a zookeeper or veterinarian when he grows up. But he and his 10-year-old sister, Bella – who wants to open a dog sanctuary – aren’t waiting until they become adults in order to help animals. Ever since they moved into their Tetherow neighborhood roughly three years ago, they’ve decided to do their part to protect the wildlife that frequents the area. And while they may not know it, Bella and Colton are also helping Tetherow accomplish one of its cornerstone objectives: to preserve… Read More

‘Renaturalizing’ Tetherow: How the Golf Course Got Its Look

A lot of work went into making the grounds look so believable By McKenna Brown   You’d be forgiven if you looked out at Tetherow’s golf course and assumed the many fairways and greens had simply been carved out of the natural landscape. In reality, nearly every plant, tree and rock you see has been carefully “re-naturalized” by Tetherow’s course maintenance crew. “It’s a little more difficult than it looks,” Golf Course Superintendent Chris Condon said. “Mother Nature has its way of doing things. We wanted to make sure it was believable, we wanted to make sure that it fit in the whole design of the golf course, and we wanted to utilize as much native plant material as possible… Read More

Bird Watching at Tetherow

Oregon is a bird-watching paradise, with nine established birding trails featuring hundreds of species of birds. Bend is the gateway to the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail, which includes 200 sites along 1,000 miles of scenic roadways. Tetherow is home to many species of birds and our golf course recently became the first in Oregon designated as a certified signature sanctuary by Audubon International.  Visit and stay at Tetherow when you plan your bird watching vacation in Bend, Oregon! The Birds of Tetherow Our Great Horned Owls nested again on the back nine and have now been joined by the Red Tail Hawks nesting nearby. The Owls are the first ones to nest and the first ones to fledge and leave the nest. Our three owlets should be… Read More

The birds that call Tetherow home in winter

Our Wintertime Friends: The birds that call Tetherow home in the cold months by Cal Elshoff Winter has arrived! We have the lowest number of species for the year around Tetherow, but there are still many birds in the area.  Those you should be seeing include:Robins, Spotted Towhees, House Finches, Juncoes, Crossbills,  Fox Sparrows, Quail, White Crowned Sparrows, Ravens, Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Pygmy and Redbreasted and White Breasted Nuthatches, Mourning Doves, Bushtits, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Chickadees, Kestrels,  RedTailed Hawks, Sharp Shinned Hawks, and Coopers Hawks.   Great Horned Owls are also present. If you are fortunate you may see some Cedar Waxwings passing through.   When the ponds aren’t frozen, they may contain Mallards, Ring necked Ducks, Coots, Teal,… Read More