Posted by: atowhee | February 8, 2012

WINTER WINGS PREVIEW

Klamath Falls is about to have its annual Winter Wings birding fest and they have a great year in the offing.  The mild weather has left most of Klamath Lake unfrozen.  Many flooded fields and even puddles are open water.  The temp todsay climbed above forty, not the usual freezing fog of February.  Ice is to be found mostly in the canals shaded by their steep banks.  Thus waterfowl are abundant in lakes and flooded fields, and visible from the roads.  Raptors aplenty. over 75 for the day.  In about five hours of birding today I toted up more than 30 Bald Eagles.

To see a bald eagle gallery from this trip, click here.

Keno, Oregon, Klamath, US-OR Feb 8, 2012 9:45 AM.  4 species.  Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1   male. Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1. Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)  1. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  20.   Indian Tom Lake, Siskiyou, US-CA Feb 8, 2012 2:30 P Comments: unfrozen 8 species. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  80. Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)  150. Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2. American Wigeon (Anas americana)  400. Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  150. Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  45. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1. American Coot (Fulica americana)  2000.    Stateline/Township/Lower Klamath Lake Rds., Klamath, US-OR Feb 8, 2012 10:15 AM. 25 species.   Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  3000. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  800. Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)  5300. Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2. American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1200. Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  .Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  800. Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  140. Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  75. Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  60. Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  2. Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  2. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  26. Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  8. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  15. Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)  11. American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2. Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)  1. California Gull (Larus californicus)  2. Common Raven (Corvus corax)  12. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2. Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  6. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  150. Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  800.    Birding Stateline Road eastward from US97, it started slowly.  Oh no, I thought, this is going to be my first bust day on Stateline.  In the first half mile, nothing.  Then a singlre Kestrel, then a Raven.  Finally about a mile down the road a hawk in the field.  I got out to confirm it was a Rough-legged, and then I could hear the distant voices of thousands of Tundra Swans inthe fields further down the road.  Stateline runs about six miles straight eaast from 97 and the last four miles overlooked many thousands of waterfowl.  The pale raptor above is my first male Harrier of the day just outside Keno.

Lower Klamath NWR–Auto Tour Route, Siskiyou, US-CA Feb 8, 2012 1:00 PM. 17 species. Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)  20. Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2. American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1000. Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  600. Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  300. Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  200. Common Merganser (Mergus serrator)  5 .Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  10. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  6. Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3. American Coot (Fulica americana)  3000. California Gull (Larus californicus)  4. Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  2. Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  1. Common Raven (Corvus corax)  3. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  75.    Klamath Basin-Hwy 97, Klamath, US-OR Feb 8, 2012 11:00 AM.  6 species.  Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  60. Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)  250. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  .4 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2. American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1.  Other birds for the day included a redp-breasted Nuthatch and Juncos along Clover Creek Road and a Greater Yellowlegs near White City, west of the Cascades.

MAMMALS: Two golden-mantled ground squirrels scampering across the shallow snow in the Cascadesseveral deer in the Cascades; two muskrat in the marshes and a single, distant coyote in Klamath NWR.


Responses

  1. Congratulations Harry! I expect the misquito count to be in the Klamath Basin this year too.


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