Monday, October 30, 2017

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area



We sure saw a wide variety of birds during our visit to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area!


Lots of White-fronted Geese have already flown in and there are plenty of wigeons and pintails, too...




We walked to the viewing platform and saw a Great Egret high up in a tree...


...and a Great Blue Heron looking out over the territory...



And here's a cute little Black Phoebe perched on one of the trail signs...



Here are the photos we took from the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area viewing platform...


The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and even if there weren't any birds here, I'd probably still come here to visit!



It doesn't take much to rile up the geese...


I don't know much about dragonflies, but there were thousands of them flying around as we walked down the trail.


(These ones are probably doing something x-rated 😳)...


For more photos of the birds we've spotted at Gray Lodge, please visit my birding blog Wings and Daydreams!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Juanita Lake ↔ Northern California Campgrounds


Because the heavy fog at Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges put a slight damper on our birding trip, we did some exploring around the area so that our three hour drive wasn't for nothing.

Luckily, Juanita Lake is only a few miles off the main road and, boy, is it a beautiful gem! There is a campground and a paved trail around the entire lake, too. The elevation there is high enough to where there wasn't even a whisper of fog.


There were even a few trees showing their fall colors around the lake...



We heard a few nuthatches doing their yank-yank call up in the pine trees and this robin was kind enough to pose for us...


Next time, when we have the entire day to explore, we'll take that walk around the lake!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge - East Blind

Discovery Marsh Trail
Across the street from the


On our way over to the East Observation Blind, we had a mama deer and her two babies walk right across the trail in front of us!





Such a cute little trio!


Okay, on to the blind...


There it is in the distance, on the other side of the marsh...


This was our first walk to the East Blind and it was beautiful...





If I turned this photo upside down, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the mountain from its reflection...


And here we are at the blind...


No water here yet. Come wintertime, the marsh will expand and everything will turn green!


I look forward to returning in a month or two and comparing the late summer scenery from the winter scenery...




Monday, October 16, 2017

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge - West Blind

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex Visitor Center

Here we are at the Discovery Marsh Trail, across the street from the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex Visitor Center.


You can actually see the Sheepy Ridge blind from the parking lot!


(You can read the post from our adventurous hike up the Sheepy Ridge Wildlife Trail here.)


Anywho, back to the Discovery Marsh...





Last time we were here I forgot to take a photo of the West Observation Blind, so here it is!




What a great, peaceful spot to sit and watch the birds and ducks!




Tomorrow, we'll head over to the East Observation Blind...