Posted by: atowhee | June 28, 2009

Klamath summer birds

IMG_8406A male Yellow-headed Blackhead along Wingwatchers Trail, Klamath Falls.

Saturday I birded a few spots around Klamath Lake and Klamath Falls with three other Ashland birders.  Some highlights include: numerous Redheads, a small flock of Bufflehead, young birds and nestlings from Yellow Warbler to MacGillivray’s fluttering after parents, from Black-headed Grosbeaks to Western Grebes.  There was a Pileated who showed up as soon we got out of our cars at Eagle Ridge, a dense fleet of White Pelicans seining Link River and a Black Tern who repeatedly floated past at close-up distance, not stopping for a photo.IMG_8400

Fishing pelicans in Link River, note relatively tiny DC Cormorant next to them.





IMG_8399White Pelican under full sail, Link River.  This is a youngster without the vertical wafer on its beak.




Tern TurningForster’s Tern turning above Lake Ewauna.




The best of my many feeble attempts to capture the always moving, circling and swooping flight of the nearly tame Black Tern  at Rocky Point.IMG_8442   The Black Tern is elegant, lightweight, never perching nearshore.  The small tern is about half the size of the Forster’s only a small fraction of the Caspian’s bulk.IMG_8408   

A pair of female Yellow-headed Blackbird photos.












yewa SINGSA male Yellow Warbler sings, willow topping at Eagle Ridge.





YEWA on nestLook carefully through the leaves as we did.  There’s an adult Yellow Warbler atop a finely woven plant fiber nest.  The dark spot is the eye.  There were visible newborn chicks in the nest.



Here’s picture of the nest.yewa nest  The nest was in the parking lot shubbery next to the boat dock at Rocky Point.





 IMG_8433Below: Western Grebe.










Ibis FormationWhite-faced Ibis in flight formation over Lake Ewauna.  The species now breeds in Klamath Basin.  It is also possible the Bufflehead and Redheads we saw are breeding, along with several dozen Lesser Scaup we saw in a tight flock.  Baby ducks we saw: Mallards and Wood Duck and Gadwall.  There were breedig plumage Ruddy Ducks at Eagle Ridge  but no visible females.BLK TERN RETURN

Black Tern passing.  We got closer to them at Rocky Point than we could at Eagle Ridge.  They breed in the reeds at both locations.








Checklist for the day:         Canada Goose     120
Wood Duck     6
Gadwall     12
Mallard     45
Redhead     20
Lesser Scaup     45
Bufflehead     12
Common Merganser     25
Ruddy Duck     10
Pied-billed Grebe     35
Eared Grebe     20
Western Grebe     340
Clark’s Grebe     50
American White Pelican     50
Double-crested Cormorant     60
Great Blue Heron     1
Great Egret     2
Green Heron     3
Black-crowned Night-Heron     4
White-faced Ibis     15
Turkey Vulture     6
Osprey     2
Bald Eagle     1
Red-tailed Hawk     4
American Coot     50 

Sandhill Crane     2
Killdeer     6
Ring-billed Gull     40
Herring Gull     1
Caspian Tern     2
Black Tern     40
Forster’s Tern     60
Rock Pigeon     8
Mourning Dove     3
Anna’s Hummingbird     1
Red-breasted Sapsucker     2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     8
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Olive-sided Flycatcher     2
Western Wood-Pewee     4
Western Kingbird     2
Cassin’s Vireo     1
Warbling Vireo     2
Steller’s Jay     3
Black-billed Magpie     1
Common Raven     4
Tree Swallow     12
Violet-green Swallow     2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     2
Cliff Swallow     200
Barn Swallow     45
Mountain Chickadee     3
Pygmy Nuthatch     2
House Wren     4
Marsh Wren     1
American Robin     7
European Starling     12

Cedar Waxwing     12
Yellow Warbler     4
Hermit Warbler     1
MacGillivray’s Warbler     4
Spotted Towhee     2
Song Sparrow     4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     2
Black-headed Grosbeak     15
Red-winged Blackbird     100
Yellow-headed Blackbird     60
Brewer’s Blackbird     40
Brown-headed Cowbird     6
Bullock’s Oriole     20
Purple Finch     4
House Finch     6
Lesser Goldfinch     4
American Goldfinch     1
House Sparrow     50

Location:     Klamath County, OR, US
Observation date:     6/27/09
Notes:     Nests inc: Yellow Warbler, WW Pewee, Wood Duck, Western Grebe,RT Hawk, Cliff Swallows, Orioles. Juveniles inc. MacG Wrbler, grebes, Gadwall, Wood Duck, orioles, grosbeaks, Tree Swallows.
Number of species:     75




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