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Best eagle spotting on the West Coast?

 
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Jan 18, 2015 18:25 |  #1

What's the best eagle spotting location on the West Coast? I heard Klamath Basin near CA/OR was good, esp during winter. Any suggestions? Thanks!


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Jan 18, 2015 18:35 |  #2

Skagit/Nooksack rivers in NW Washington

Frasier River Valley in British Columbia


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Jan 19, 2015 01:13 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #3

Check out Winter Wings Festival Fed. 12-15 In Klamath Falls Or.




  
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Jan 30, 2015 22:56 |  #4

The Carson Valley (south of Carson City) in Nevada is a good place to. Best time of year is starting in February to the end of March.


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Jan 30, 2015 22:59 |  #5

Another vote for Klamath Falls, winter wings festival coming up... Reports of 50 eagles in one of the fields recently


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Jan 30, 2015 23:08 |  #6

I'm totally going to visit Klamath Falls! THANKS for the suggestions my friends. :)


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Jan 30, 2015 23:25 |  #7

Check out the website for the festival, will be heading up there in a week

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Jan 30, 2015 23:26 |  #8

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Check out the website for the festival, will be heading up there in a week

http://winterwingsfest​.org (external link)

Thanks! Wondering if it's better to go the week before or after so that it's not so crowded? What do you think? Any websites that show the recent sightings there? Thanks again. :)


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Jan 30, 2015 23:36 |  #9

I usually go up a few days before and stay a day or two after. The "crowds aren't usually a problem as there is a lot of area to visit, they actually flood some of the farmlands and the farmers are required to leave some of their crops unharvested to feed the migrating birds. Lots of varieties so attract lots of predators including bald and golden eagles and other raptors!


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Jan 31, 2015 22:59 |  #10

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I'm totally going to visit Klamath Falls! THANKS for the suggestions my friends. :)

That's great! I am sure you will love it there. Spend a bit of time doing research before you go - that can help to make it a more enjoyable and productive trip.

There are a few different areas in the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge System. The two main refuges that offer the most photographic opportunities are the Lower Klamath Unit and the Tule Lake Unit. These two areas are only about ten minutes from one another. Both have good concentrations of eagles and other raptors in the late winter and early spring seasons. The refuge has established photo blinds set up at key areas. I believe there are 6 blinds in total, with about 4 of those being in good spots for perching eagles. You do need to register in advance in order to use the blinds. There is a small fee for blind use.

The Visitor Center at Tule Lake serves as the headquarters for both units. I recommend calling the refuge an speaking to the staff - they have always been extremely helpful and actually seem to enjoy it when people call asking for information, sightings, and updates. Plus, they can explain the blind system, if you are interested in that. Personally, I would avoid going when there are crowds.......sure, there are a lot of acres and a lot of miles of roads, but blinds fill up during those times. Also, during peak times it will be very hard to find reasonable lodging.

Speaking of lodging, I prefer to use the Motel 6 in the town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. I think they were $39/night when I was there most recently last spring. If they are full, there are other cheap lodgings on highway 97 just north of town. Those lodgings are not as nice or as clean as the Motel 6, but they are around $39/night. All of these places are about 20 minutes from the refuges, and there aren't any suitable places any closer.

Keep in mind that these refuges can be great for waterfowl, too. If the water levels are up, that is. Last year there was very little water, and therefore many fewer ducks and geese than usual.
Another area that may interest you is the Lava Beds National Monument. It is right next to the Tule Lake unit. Pika live in some of the rabble around the caves. If you are interested, go to the Lava Beds Visitor Center and ask for more info - the folks there are also extremely nice and helpful.

Here are some links about opportunities at Lower Klamath and Tule Lake:
http://www.fws.gov …ule_Lake/photob​linds.html (external link)
http://www.fws.gov …bservephotog.cf​m?ID=81663 (external link)


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Jan 31, 2015 23:12 |  #11

Tom Reichner wrote in post #17409454 (external link)
That's great! I am sure you will love it there. ...

Tom, SUPER SUPER info! Thanks! I'm calling them Monday!


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Feb 02, 2015 13:42 |  #12

The Vancouver landfill. Yes really. Sometime you can see 100s of them.


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Feb 02, 2015 15:37 |  #13

Brakendale B.C. Which is just over 40 miles north of Vancouver. The best time to see eagles, would be in time with salmon spawning runs. However I hear that Brackendale is "pretty good" most of the year, even while not during a run.


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Feb 15, 2015 00:55 |  #14

Bruce, any good sightings at Klamath? Thinking about going up next week. Think there will be any eagles still left?


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Feb 17, 2015 10:36 as a reply to  @ WebDevGuy's post |  #15

1st part of the week was much better for the big flocks, swans, geese, ducks etc. the weather was exceptionaly warm, none of the water was frozen so it seems a lot of the flocks were thinned out, too many places open to feed. There are plenty of Eagles, bald & golden. There is also a Luecistc Bal Eagle there in the area. This is the 1st year that I have found it and was able to get some good shots. Seems the locals were pretty amazed with my shots as many of them have only been able to get shots of it on telephone poles. I was able to get shots in two different trees, taking off and in flight shots as well. Still on my way home, but will try & post later. You could check out my Facebook page if you'd like - hope the link works

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