2016 Birding Upper Klamath Lake and Wood River by Canoe
Photo by Kevin Spencer
Instructors: Kevin Spencer and Dave Haupt
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Location: Wood River area, Klamath County, Oregon
YouTube video on Klamath Basin birds produced and narrated by James Currie, featuring Kevin Spencer.
In 2016, we will shift this field course northeast to the Wood River Wetland and Agency Lake. Expect at least 70 species or more recorded from this area. To enhance our chances of seeing riparian species, we’ll start early with land birding at Wood River Wetlands. Then we’ll move over to Petric Park and put our canoes in midmorning, paddle out the channel, and head into Agency Lake. Paddling unobtrusively in cattail, bulrush, and wocus habitats, we’ll observe birds at their peak in breeding plumage, songs, and displays. Willow Flycatchers and Black-capped Chickadees will be present in the riparian zone. The loud “kalwp” calling of the Pied-billed Grebe and pumping sounds of the American Bittern will come from the marsh, while Franklin’s Gulls could be flycatching overhead. With possible views of “rushing” Western and Clark’s Grebes atop the open water, the day will also be an intriguing hunt for birds performing mating dances and behaviors.
All canoeing will take place in a sheltered part of the lake. After returning to Petric Park, students have the option to continue with more land birding if desired. Canoes provided by Let’s Paddle outfitters.
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