Pacific Northwest Trip: Klamath Basin *FULL*
We will visit Upper and Lower Klamath Lake and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges and explore the surrounding meadows, forests, and grasslands. Our visit is timed to see the spectacular spring migration of Snow, Ross’s, and White-fronted Geese, along with a great diversity of waterfowl and raptors, including Rough-legged Hawk, Golden Eagle, and Prairie Falcon.
On our first day, we’ll bird our way to Klamath Falls with stops at Greenwaters Park on the Willamette, Collier Memorial State Park near Chiloquin, and Wood River/Agency Lake just north of Upper Klamath Lake.
On our first morning, we’ll be on the lookout for a variety of raptors and waterbirds, as we head to Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge across the California border. Here, high diversity of ducks, geese, swans, grebes, and eagles are likely. Later we’ll visit Petroglyph Point archaeological site in Lava Beds National Monument, an important Native history site with large sections of petroglyphs. It is estimated that some of this art was created more than 6,000 years ago. This area also provides nesting habitat for Prairie Falcons. Time permitting, we’ll also make a stop at Link River in town to look for both Common and Barrow’s Goldeneye.
The next day we’ll head to the Miller Island Unit of the Klamath Wildlife Area, a prime staging area where large flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese are often seen, along with Snow and Ross’s Geese, raptors, and more waterbirds. We’ll wander up Township Road, hoping for lucky encounters with both Bald and Golden Eagle, Rough-legged, and Ferruginous Hawk. We’ll also keep our eyes open for the uncommon Tri-colored Blackbird. Later we’ll head to the Lower Klamath Lake National Wildlife Refuge, where a great diversity of both diving and dabbling ducks intermingle, before returning to Klamath Falls.
Before we head back to Portland, we’ll explore Moore Park on Upper Klamath Lake. Here we will find transitioning habitat from juniper-sage to pine forest and we’ll search for various woodpeckers, nuthatches, and forest raptors.