One of the joys of living in the Klamath Basin is being able to watch the amazing courtship dance of the Western and Clark's grebes. I never tire of this beautiful ritual.
The male and the female swim toward one another and then stop and start their head bobbing, laying parallel with the water. They flick the water with their bills. Then, all of a sudden, they are up on their feet running across the water. It's a thrill for me every time I see it.
Then several weeks later the grebes can be seen with little chicks on their backs. One parent typically tends to the chicks while the other parent goes fishing to feed it's little ones. We have seen one pair with as many as 4 chicks but mostly they seem to have 2.
As the chicks grow, they continue to follow at least one parent, peeping incessantly. Sometimes it looks like the parent dives just to get away from the constant noise. But eventually, the parent surfaces often with a fish in their bills.
Since we've moved to the Klamath Basin we have been lucky enough to see some new birds for us which have also been new birds for some long time Klamath residents.
We first spotted the Bohemian waxwings out our bedroom window. They were perched in an old oak tree waiting for their turn to join the robins on a juniper tree to eat the berries. These birds are still drawing birders to our area.
I went out on a Christmas Bird Count with a well-known birder, Kevin Spencer. His counting territory was part of the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We happened on a small flock of common redpolls.
Then today, my husband, Harry, and I were at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and found another small flock of common redpolls.
We love going out to take photos and watch wildlife because you never know what you're going to see!!
Two bald eagles were sitting on one of these posts built along Tule Lake. It appears that these structures were built for the eagles. The adult was eating what was left of it's meal when we happened along. The adult was wary about us being near and took off, leaving what was left of it's food.
The juvenile was also frightened but found it's chance to grab the remaining morsel and flew off with it. Eagles aren't apt to miss an opportunity!
This poor owl at Ridgefield is being bothered by so many people who want to get close. I don't blame people for wanting to see an owl on a nest..heck I want to as well. However, this one has been bothered so much that she is in danger of abandoning her eggs. I hope the refuge will block off the pullout right next to the tree. We all need to give her space so she can raise her brood in peace.