Posted by: atowhee | December 9, 2012

KLAMATH KLASSIC

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR FULL SCREEN VIEW. KLMTH SIGN
One of the first stops on our Klamath Winter Birds trip was at Link River where it emtpies into Lake Euwana on the south edge of Klamath Falls. There were two dozen of us and several of the briders had never seen so many Common Goldeneyes or Black-crowned Night-herons in one place. Both numbered at least 200, visible from the bridge. The ducks were busy feeding in the river. For the most part the Night-herons were huddled in the bare riverbank trees, resting. Occasionally some of the younger Night-herons would spook and fly over the river, a chaos of fat, brown bodies. The adults were already showing their creamy white breeding plumes curling off the back of the head. Look closely:
COGO GAGGL
In addition to the many Common Goldeneyes we found a couple dozen Barrow’s Goldeneyes on the crowded river as well but they stayed too far way for good pictures. HERON HDING
Other noteworthy birds on Link River included a single Eared Grebe (among many Pied-billed) and several Common Merganser, a Belted Kingisher sat on a utility wire over the river.

We tried to be quiet around the Great Horned Owl but, of course,he could hear every tiny pebble crunch wehn we walked. He was trying to sleep in the stunted willows about a mile south of Stateline Road along the Lower Klamath NWR Auto Tour Route inside California.
GHO IN-WILLOW (1280x960)

Here are four of the Tundra Swans we found along Township Road. There were several hundfed in one flooded section. A portion of the water was ice-covered and these birds walked carefully across thr ice as they moved away from us until they reached open water: swans x4 We saw thousands of ducks with the greatest concentrations on the Link River and then inside California south of Stateline Road. Most abundant wre Shoveler, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and American Wigeon. There were also plenty of Ruddy Ducks and a few Lesser Scaup. Here was our one species of shorebird–NOT KILLDEER!
YELLOWLGS (1280x960)
There were four Greater Yellowlegs along Township Road, braving the cold and frozen mud.

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK GALLERY.

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR BALD EAGLE GALLERY.

KLAMATH BIRDING TRIP—DEC. 8, 2012
Howard Prairie Circuit, Jackson, US-OR. Dec 8, 2012 8:10 AM: Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus); Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis); Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus); Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) ; American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos); Common Raven (Corvus corax); Townsend’s Solitaire (around MP 6 on Dead Indiain Mem Rd).Clover Creek Road, Klamath, US-OR: Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri); Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia); Common Raven (Corvus corax). Keno, Oregon, Klamath, US-OR: Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 2; Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1; Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 6. Veterans Park–Klamath Falls, Klamath County: Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola); Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula); Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps); American Coot (Fulica americana); Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis); California Gull (Larus californicus); Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus). Link River, Klamath Falls, US-OR Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola); Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula); Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica); Common Merganser (Mergus merganser); Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps); Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis); Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias); Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 200 roosting in trees by river; Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis); Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1. Klamath County, Hwy 97, OR: Common Merganser (Mergus merganser); Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis); Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis); Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis); American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Lower Klamath NWR (OR side—includes Township Road): Canada Goose (Branta canadensis); Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus); Gadwall (Anas strepera); American Wigeon (Anas americana); Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata); Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola); Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula); Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus); Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps); Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias); Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus); Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus); Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis); Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis); Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus); American Coot (Fulica americana); Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 4; Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis); American Kestrel (Falco sparverius); Common Raven (Corvus corax); Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia); Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus); Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus). Lower Klamath NWR–Auto Tour Route, Siskiyou, US-CA: Canada Goose (Branta canadensis); Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus); Gadwall (Anas strepera); American Wigeon (Anas americana); Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata); Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis); Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola); Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula); Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis); Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus); Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps); Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias); Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus); Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus); Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis); Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus); American Coot (Fulica americana); Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis); Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus); Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus); Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia); Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus); Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus); House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus).


Responses

  1. […] CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR POSTING WITH CHECKLISTS FOR THE DAY AND OTHER PICS. […]

  2. […] he updates on a regular basis. You can find his posting about this particular trip by clicking here. Be sure to check out the rest of his blog too, https://atowhee.wordpress.com/. It includes […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: