Thursday, June 22, 2017

We need more mud!!!

There is some serious nest building going on in the Klamath Basin!
Here are some Cliff Swallows frantically gathering mud for their nests under the cliffs at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge:

 But wait, there's more!
At the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, the same thing was going on. Except these swallows were building their nests right under the sign!
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge California

Cliff Swallow
Some nests were further along than others...
Boy, that sure looks like a lot of work!

To get the full effect (and hear how noisy they were), I've uploaded a short video:



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Klamath Basin Birding

It's interesting to see how much the refuge changes throughout the year. During our latest visit to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, the grass had turned almost white...
And here are some of the birds that brightened our day on the auto tour...
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge California
Double-crested Cormorant

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge California
White-faced Ibis
 Their feathers are stunning in the sunlight!
White-faced Ibis

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge California
 A cute little Canada Goose family...
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge California

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge California
Yellow-headed Blackbird
 And finally, here are the two trees I always photograph while we're there...
Usually there's a hawk or eagle perched somewhere in the branches, but not this time!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Welcome Wagon

On our way to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, we saw dozens of different species from the main road, before we even turned into the entrance!
 There was a flock of Franklin's Gulls...
Franklin's Gulls
 ...and they were making the neatest sounds!
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
 We also saw some ibises and avocets, all set against a stunning backdrop of Mt. Shasta.
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge



Monday, June 19, 2017

Tule Lake NWR Auto Tour - Part Five

The Space Between...

The town of Tulelake doesn't have a space between Tule and Lake, but on the website (and brochure) for the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, there is one. Huh.

Either way, the landscape there is stunning and the birds are plentiful! Who cares how they choose to spell it!

Now, on to the rest of our photos from the auto tour...
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
This Snowy Egret was showing off his cool summer plumage...
Snowy Egret

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
As always, there was a hodgepodge of Grebes at the refuge...
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California

Clark's Grebe
...and they're all sporting that CGI-looking red eye!
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tule Lake NWR Auto Tour - Part Four

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
So, I know that pelicans grow a large plate on their bill for spring courtship, but I learned something new today...
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California

American White Pelicans
...both sexes shed the plate after their eggs are laid!
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
How amazing is that? Pretty amazing. But, then again, we already know how amazing birds are or else we wouldn't drive around looking for them so we can take photos, add them to our lifelists, and listen to their pretty songs!

American White Pelican


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tule Lake NWR Auto Tour - Part Three

I hope you're ready for some more pics from our drive through the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge auto tour because that's what I've got for you today!
Lots of little goslings at the refuge this time of year...
Canada Geese

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
This bunch had several sets of parents and the babies looked to be different ages. Goose Daycare!
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
Time out for a little mid-morning song...
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
Grebes are the fiercest looking swimmers in all the land...
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California

Western Grebe

Western Grebe

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
 It's a trip to watch these terns dive into the water when they're fishing!
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge California
 This is the first time I've had one sit still so I could take a picture of it!
Forster's Tern


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