Posted by: atowhee | February 15, 2014


Despite gusting wind my duck walk today had pretty good success. We used our tour bus as a windscreen and found huge flocks of geese and dabbling ducks while getting several good looks at Bald Eagles chowing down. Most of the Winter Wings trips today ran into the winds but waterfowl and raptors simply went about their business as they must this time of year.
GOOSE FLRY This mixed flock of Snow, Ross’s and Greater White-fronted Geese were in a frenzied flight after passage of Bald Eagle. This over Auto Route on Lower Klamath NWR, California.GWFG FLITE-AGreater White-fronted Geese straight overhead.

WHITE-BIG-SMLL Here it is easy to see the relative size of Tundra Swans and the lone Ross’s Goose. This is along Oregon Drain Road, Lower Klamath NWR, Oregon.

be trio (1280x960) Three Bald Eagles, standin’ around a mound.

ge on poll Golden Eagle, immature, king of the prairie.

ICT-FLOK1Blackbirds: White wings bars denote Tricoloreds.

trio of BKLBRDS rwbl-male (1280x960) Male Red-wing in song.
gwfg lookin back White-fronts lookin’ an me lookin’ at them.

snog line Snow Geese across the heavens.
Veterans Park–Klamath Falls, Klamath, US-OR
Feb 15, 2014 9:15 AM. 13 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 1
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 6
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 19
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 200
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) 10
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

Klamath Wildlife Area–Miller Island Unit, Klamath, US-OR
Feb 15, 2014 10:00 AM. 6 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 20
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 120
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 4
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 12
American Coot (Fulica americana) 30
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 1

Lower Klamath NWR–Auto Tour Route, Siskiyou, US-CA
Feb 15, 2014 10:45 AM. 24 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1500
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 8000
Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii) X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 300
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 500
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 20
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 8000
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 300
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 500
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 15000
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 12
Redhead (Aythya americana) 2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 8
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 150
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 20
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 8
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 21
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 2500
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 6
California Gull (Larus californicus) 15
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 25
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 120

Lower Klamath NWR (OR side), Klamath, US-OR
Feb 15, 2014 12:45 PM. 10 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 2000
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 150
Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii) 20
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 200
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 250
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1200
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 500
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 5
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 4
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 10

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