The Winter Wings Festival, a fantastic yearly birding festival in Klamath Falls, Oregon, yielded me 26 new species for my 2018 Oregon list! We birded all day this past Saturday, as part of the festival, with some local experts who I believe knew how to summon specific species.
Tour leader: “We often see Ferruginous Hawks in this area. I’m sure we’ll see one today.”
a few minutes later …
Tour leader: “Look, a Ferruginous Hawk.”
The bus quickly slows to a stop, and said hawk lands on the ground for us, and we are able to admire its distinguishing features.
This happened with a few more species, including a Loggerhead Shrike (on the California side of the show, so I can’t count it toward my formal 2018 Oregon list).
We planned on birding this past Sunday, too, as part of the festival, but winter decided to finally visit Oregon, so we hit the road early Sunday morning so that we could get to Salem before dark. We did, but what took us 4 hours on Friday took us nearly 7 on Sunday.
Back to Saturday, and the details of which are as follows (I’ll let the bullets and photos speak for themselves; y’all aren’t actually reading any of this anyway):
What: Big Day Birding Field Trip, Winter Wings Festival, Klamath Falls, Oregon
When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7am to 4pm
Where: Lake Ewauna, Putnam’s Point, and Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls, Oregon; Lower Klamath Lake Road, Klamath Hills, Oregon; Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, California
Why: To bird with local experts and to bag some southern Oregon bird species
Species Total: 71
*New Birds for 2018: 29
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 115
These numbers include the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker I saw near Beaverton, Oregon, earlier in the week; see end of post)
*List of New Birds for 2018 from the Winter Wings Festival
Greater White-fronted Goose
Eurasian Collared Dove
Great Horned Owl
Earlier that week:
Also, as planned, I stopped by Commonwealth Lake Park this past Tuesday to see if I could find the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker again. I did, or rather some other birders did already, so this was rather effortless.