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“Visit Part of the Great Western Flyway”

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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 18 February 2015

The Lower Klamath Refuge is a national treasure, part of a much vaster system of wetlands that are rapidly disappearing through expanded agriculture and home-building further south in CA. A million ducks and geese and other large birds come through the Refuge each year, down from an estimated 6 million in simpler times. If you hit it right, you might witness a thousand snow geese or Brant geese lifting off the marshes in a synchronized flight pattern called a murmuration. When we visited in February of 2015, we saw only small murmurations, but enjoyed watching hundreds of snow geese gliding across the marshes in tight clumps or long, straight lines, with equal numbers of the darker Brant geese forming a protective phalanx around them. We saw many hundreds of smaller ducks, and a bald eagle nest with a pair of eagles sitting on tree branches nearby. It was too early for the unforgettable sight of baby eagle heads poking up from the thatching. Maybe in a month or two...

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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!

3  Thank ArlettaC
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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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