Posted by: atowhee | February 24, 2012

KLAMATH CACOPHONY

With ten birders from the Golden Gate Audubon Society wedged into a single white van, we hit the high spots of the Klamath NWR.  Most of those high spots were wet spots as well: lakes, marshes, flooded fields, canals.  There were honking geese, baying swans, bugling cranes, calling quail and singing Red-winged Blackbirds. But our first big bird of the day, right after breakfast was the White-headed Woodpecker who’s a regular guest at the home of Dianne and Darrell Samuels at Running Y.  Whitey is definitely a dry land kinda guy. There were numerous overhead flights of Tundra Swans.  Here’s one shot:

And there were several Rough-legged Hawks: Our total f0r the day: 68 species seen including Northern Shrike, Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Canvasback, Ferruginous Hawk, several Harriers anbd two Sandhill Cranes buglng as they flew overhead. My special bird of the day: flock of Horned Larks we chase down in a short grass field along Township Road.


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