Date: 2/10/19 8:55 pm From: <rriparia...> Subject: [KlamathBasinBirdNews] Tule Lake NWR birds today
I was down at Tule Lake NWR today, along with Dave Haupt. I'd say Tule Lake is where the birds are in the Basin right now. Started at Discovery Marsh area near the Headquarters. Across from the headquarters and bit north there's a ditch that has moving water, and is has nice tree cover. At that location there was: SPOTTED TOWHEE-2, HERMIT THRUSH-1, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW-1, and BLACK PHOEBE-1. A concentration of waterfowl was near the boatlaunch at Sump 1A, with hundreds of TUNDRA SWANs, NORTHERN SHOVELERs, and CANADA GOOSE. Both SNOW and ROSS'S GOOSE were seen then a flock flew over. The majority of the waterfowl is over at Sump 1B. They probably can best be viewed on the tour route, scoping from the "T" junction where Sump 1A meets Sump 1B. Another viewing location is along the north side of Sump 1B. Waterfowl included: American Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, Lesser Scaup, and Green-winged Teal. Red-shouldered Hawk was seen near Frey Island area closer to the railroad than previously. Another was seen near jct of the A Dike Road and East-West Road. NORTHERN HARRIER was quite plentiful compared to previous year totals. BALD EAGLE numbers seemed lower than previous years. In preparation for the upcoming Winter Wings Festival, I scouted out at least location where I could use the location to depend upon for a GREAT HORNED OWL. I did locate a BARN OWL pair. Roughly 600 HORNED LARK were seen during the day, but not a sound or glimpse of Lapland Longspur. Keep checking those flocks for something unusual. The Hunter Checkstation Road is a good location to view Horned Larks.
Kevin SpencerKlamath Falls, OR
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