Awesome trip; great travelers; thousands of birds; sunshine to snow storm, we had it all. Another successful trip to see birds in the Klamath Basin! These trips, scheduled every two years, are always interesting because we never know what kind of weather to expect or how many birds we will see. But, thanks to Rick Ahrens we always see birds of many species. Rick helps locate the birds, shares identification tips, explains differences within a species and brings his scope for closer views. He talked about geologic formations as we traveled along and identified mountains for us – a true nature guide. We also appreciated our driver, Jay, for being willing to drive the bus at very slow speeds around the refuge, with frequent stops, to assist in spotting birds.
We enjoyed some sun breaks that gave us the opportunity to see the snow covered peaks and we drove the Lower Klamath Refuge roads in a snow storm. It was interesting to see water in some areas covered with ice and open in others. Some of the many birds we saw were: Eagles, hawks, swans, geese, harriers, ducks, other water birds, night herons, ravens and a variety of smaller birds.
Sharing good lunches at Applebees; breakfast, evening hot soup, & fresh baked cookies at the Best Western provided opportunities for people to get acquainted. A total of 34 riders took part in the trip.Members: Liz Reanier, Rick Ahrens, Pat Soussan, Sharon Cutsforth, Janet Jacobsen, John Jacobsen, Thomas Adamcyk, Bill Arthur, Mary Ellen Baukol, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Paula Beard, Keiko Bryan, Ray Cavagnaro, Jack Ewing, Joella Ewing, Barbara Flanders, Dennis Flanders, Harriet Kelly, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Susan Sanazaro, Elle Weaver. Nonmembers: Pat Bitner, Libby Bottero, Hope Crandall, May Fogg, Margaret Hadaway, Robert York, Judy Adamcyk, Betty Dickerman, Mary Hawkes, Charlotte Maloney, Carol Carver, Judy Phelps.
Bald eagles and a hawk in snowy trees—photo by Pat Soussan
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