Thursday, December 5, 2013
“We’ve seen 100 in a day and up to 35 at one time,”
Where to see bald eagles, from B.C. to Oregon | Outdoors | The Seattle Times
Klamath Basin, Ore.
Lying between the Cascades and high desert in southwestern Oregon, the Klamath Basin is an oasis for migrating birds and a key stop on the Pacific Flyway (up to 75 percent of the flyway’s migratory waterfowl pass through here). Amid the six refuges making up the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Upper Klamath Lake is an easy resting spot replete with food for bald eagles — at about 500, the largest winter population in the Lower 48.
“We’ve seen 100 in a day and up to 35 at one time,” said Jim Chadderdon, who heads the Discover Klamath tourism bureau and lives near the lake. “They fatten up and they’re huge.” It’s easy to see birds from public parks and other access points along the lakeshore. The Klamath Basin Birding Trail makes things even easier with mapped-out routes.