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Posted by: atowhee | December 9, 2017

BIRDING BY TRAIN

One of my favorite ways to bird: out a train window.  There is the frustration of not being able to stop or slow down for closer look.   There is the marvel of getting into habitat you can’t reach by car or even on foot.  This morning we were returning home from California on Amtrak and hit the Oregon border at dawn.  The train line parallels US 97 both north and south of K-Falls, but it swerves east around the short of Lake Euwana, an area that is normally inaccessible.  The north of town it runs right along the lake shore while the highway is generally further inland.
On Klamath Lake I saw Bald Eagles on the ice, on tree limbs along the mostly frozen water and in the air.  Waterbirds were mostly in small pockets of open water.

Mid-day we traveled up the Willamette Valley, adding snipe, Killdeer and Western Sandpipers to our day’s train-list.  All these sightings on private land.

Amtrak line, Klamath County, Klamath, Oregon, US
Dec 9, 2017 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM.  17 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  8
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  6
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  20
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  15
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

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  1. Although I didn’t see the birds from the train, it was nonetheless a train that took me many miles over frozen Hokkaido to the place where I could see the Japanese Cranes. What a great trip it was!

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