Beautiful weather, great people and lots of birds made this trip really special! We welcomed several first time bus riders and enjoyed getting to know them. The bright sunshine as we traveled over the Willamette Pass and on down Highway 97 gave us wonderful views of snow in the forests and on the mountain tops. Diamond Peak, Mt. McLoughlin and Mt. Shasta were especially lovely. It was interesting to see the great mounds of snow that had been removed from roads and parking lots around the Chemult area. As always, the Olympic Inn in Klamath Falls was a lovely place to stay, even allowing us to stop in to eat our sack lunches in the breakfast area before we went out to the wildlife refuge on Wednesday. Lunch at the Black Bear Restaurant on Thursday was a great hit also. BUT, the highlight of the whole trip was the great numbers of birds we saw – both out on the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge and along the Link River right in Klamath Falls. While we were disappointed not to see the Night Herons, we were treated to great viewing of both Common and Barrow’s Goldeneye Ducks on the Link River. Out on the refuge we saw many Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, White-fronted Geese, hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds, many other types of water birds and raptors. Special thanks to Rick Ahrens and Charlie Thomas for sharing their knowledge of birds and bringing their scopes for close up viewingMembers: Sharon Cutsforth, Thomas Adamcyk, Rick Ahrens, Bill Arthur, Barbara Aten, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Paula Beard, Barbara Bruns, Keiko Bryan, Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Clara Emlen, Sharon Gadomski, Judy Garwood, Diantha Hull, John Jacobsen, Ruthy Kanagy, Ed Lichtenstein, Jim Northrop, Don Payne, Judy Phelps, Tom Rundle, Cari Soderlund, Charles Thomas, Mary Ellen West. Nonmembers: Jeanette Kimball, Lois Taylor, Peggy Funkhouser, Betsy Huffsmith, Michael Mortland, Bernadette Yap Sam, Debra Schwartz.
Happy birders after lunch at the Black Bear Restaurant photo by Augie Bergman—photo by Sharon Cutsforth
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