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“Best birding experience ever.”

Ranked #1,084 of 2,301 things to do in Oregon
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Owner description: America's first waterfowl refuge, this 46,900-acre region provides feeding, resting, nesting, and brood rearing habitats for waterfowl and other water creatures.
Reviewed 6 February 2015

We spent portions of three winter days exploring the refuge, and every turning brought new birding thrills. To start with, be sure to visit the visitors center in adjacent Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge, where knowledgeable rangers will steer you to birding hot spots. Then take off on the auto tour route, and be prepared to stop and jump out of your car every hundred feet with your binoculars and camera. The bald eagles alone are worth the visit. "Ubiquitous" is the only word to describe their presence in the refuge--in the trees, on the fence posts, atop the poles, and sitting in the fields. Once you start looking, you will see them everywhere. Then there are the ducks--ruddy ducks, pintail ducks, shovelers, buffleheads, goldeneyes; the list could go on and on. They can be seen in breathtaking profusion. The highlight for us was catching a twilight fly-out of thousands and thousands of snow geese from the marshes to the fields. The noise was incredible, and the sight was beyond compare. As we left that evening, we drove by a field of stubble dotted with pheasants, which were being chased by a couple of juvenile northern harrier hawks tuning up their hunting skills. And I musn't forget the coyotes that turned up in the fields regularly while we were there, or the gorgeous views in every direction, to cliffs, volcanoes, and beautiful Mt. Shasta. Oh, it is a wonderful place!

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Reviewed 19 January 2015

I visit to photography wildlife and have never been disappointed. On this trip I had several opportunities to photography bald eagles, various other raptors, deer, coyotes and herons.

2  Thank Alinevada
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Reviewed 2 October 2014

This wetland area is a great place for bird watching and beautiful scenery with multi couloured tall grass lands and water, mountains in the distance. In the last week of September we spotted : Northern Harrier, Great White fronted Goose, Whooping Cranes, Ring Necked Pheasant, Great White Egret , Red tailed hawk, Great Yellow Leg etc etc and hundreds of Mallard Ducks.

1  Thank flossyToronto
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

A nice couple of hours at the refuge this morning. Very happy to welcome the Great White Pelicans back to the Basin!!

2  Thank Shaun883
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

The "refuge" is actually a series of parcels that are close to each other but not contiguous. Winter viewing: Several dozen bald eagles and probably a hundred (or more) hawks. And there must have been tens of thousands of waterfowl. Take one of the auto tours. The roads are gravel, but in very good condition. If you plan on getting out of your car and doing any walking around (which you should) make sure to wear boots unless the ground is frozen. The mud is sloppy. And get to the refuges early to avoid the people who flock there (pun intended)--especially on the weekends. The people at the headquarters are very helpful. Check there first to determine which of the areas to see based upon your interests.

Thank wandering_bob231
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