A couple weekends ago, we made a spontaneous trip to the northern edge of the state. I had read about bald eagles migrating through the Klamath Basin in the November issue of Family Fun magazine and we scooted on up there to see it for ourselves. We were a little early in the migration, but didn’t want to wait too long with only a month to go in my pregnancy. Despite our timing, we still saw plenty of bald eagles (about two dozen), and lots of other wildlife. Plus, we got to play in the snow and see some beautiful views!
We also got the chance to watch a ton of Canada Geese, a Kestrel, a Buffelhead, several coyotes, a large herd of deer, a couple of raccoons, and 2 barn owls.
You might wonder how our chatty two-year-old fared. She did great! We are slowly turning her into a birder. Our birding mostly took place on the auto tour routes around Lower Klamath and Tule Lakes, where we could drive slowly, park, and wait. When we spotted something, Thomas would use the scope or camera on the tripod and I would use the binoculars. The nice part about this was that I got to hide in the car longer – it was 10-30 degrees throughout the day!
Pumpkin played with her baby doll in the backseat, read books, and worked on “making her magazine” (a Star Wars coloring and sticker book), or napped. She liked talking about all of the animals, but honestly, I think she had a hard time seeing them unless they were right next to us. She liked playing in the snow though, and she really enjoyed the visitor center which had stuffed/taxidermied versions of many of the animals we saw. There, she was able to get right up close and study them.
Hiding in the warmth
The views were just gorgeous! I haven’t seen snow for quite a while, and especially not out in the middle of the countryside.
View from the nearby Lava Beds National Park
It was a wonderful family trip and a great way to start out the new year.
More photos from our trip are posted on PicasaWeb: