It’s been a whirlwind few days. I’ve had this birding trip planned for a couple months and I had high hopes I’d be able to add to my “lifer list”. It’s been just one full day of birding so far and it has not disappointed !
Rather than give you too much information to absorb, I’ll keep it brief and share as much as I can of what I’ve seen so far ( you know, in photos).
I am vacationing here with two friends, Susan and Keitha, that I met at Nisqually. They have traveled here several times in the many years they have known one another and they are exceptional guides for this beautiful area.
On my drive to Klamath Falls I stopped at the very cool Crescent Moon Ranch, an alpaca farm in Terrebonne, OR. Cuteness overload.
Klamath Falls boasts around 300 sunny days a year and is known as a bird-watchers paradise. It sits just 25 miles north of the California-Oregon border. As I write this morning, I am hearing of an early start to fire season with wildfires burning along Hwy 140 in Klamath County.
May the recovery happen quickly.
The area has been suffering an epic drought year. Water is in dangerously short supply and many sections of local refuges have run dry. There will be long term effects from these conditions. How they will affect the wildlife is a big unknown.
While it’s hard to see the dry cracked riverbeds and barren landscape in what once were thriving areas, it’s still home to a surprising number of song and shore birds. Let me a share a bit about my past couple of days.
As always, thanks for indulging me.
First stop yesterday, the Klamath Wildlife Area- Miller Island unit.
Lower Klamath National Wildiife Refuge
Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge
Lava Beds National Monument
Putnam’s Point City Park
I counted a dozen new lifers today ! I’ll post a full list at the end of my adventure. We’re off on another adventure today. The heat is rising and sun is peaking above the horizon. Thanks for coming along !