Posted by: atowhee | May 17, 2019


Shannon Rio and I took a family of KBO supporters on a birding trip in the Klamath Basin.  We worked our way from Rocky Point south to Link River, and the birds were there to be seen…despite some unforecasted rain.  White-headed Woodpecker and Olive-sided Flycatcher at Eagle Ridge.  Dancing grebes on Link River.  Sandhill Cranes at Howard Prairie en route from Ashland.

Below: Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole male, line of Franklin’s Gulls along Lakeshore, my favorite reptile of the day:

Male oriole on guard at nest, Eagle Ridge: BO-NEST2 (2)

Treetop hunter, Olive-sided Flycatcher:OSF AT EAGLE RIDG (2)

Then there were the Clark’s and Western Grebes in courtship mode…as Leonard Cohen wisely urged:
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin 
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in 
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove 
Dance me to the end of love…


  1. […] had over fifty species and never got as far south as the refuge. High point–dancing grebes, click here for that earlier blog.  Further photos and checklists from day in the field for KBO […]

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