Rocky Point Resort
We spent the last days two camped at Rocky Point Resort, 28121 Rocky Point Rd., Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Great camp site that offers tent sites, RV partial and complete Hookups, rental cottages, a store where you can get fishing licenses and invasive species licenses, and restaurant. Rental canoes, paddle boats, and small boats are available from their dock. Gasoline is available, and it is alcohol free!. There is a public boat launch at the west end of the property where you can access the lake for fishing (trout mostly I am told, and big ones), canoeing and kayaking Pelican Bay and the Klamath Canoe Trail which offers miles of channels through the wetlands. The resort is managed by Judy who is there early and can help with all needs. Beer, wine, food, Hagen Das! and many other things are available in the store. Judy loves birds and has feeders and puts seed out to attract them.
Be sure your boat and gear are clean, dry, and free of invasive species. Officer McKinney of the Sheriff’s Department comes through and checks watercraft, makes sure you have whistles for kayaks and canoes, and gives you an invasive species sticker good for a year anywhere in Oregon.
This Southern Oregon and Northern California are known worldwide as one of the richest birding destinations at this latitude in the world. We can confirm this!
From our kayaks and the dock we saw and got photographs of Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, Wood Duck, Ring-billed Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Common Tern, many Canada Geese with as many as 8 chicks, Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey (feeding), Bald Eagle (three plus a Turkey vulture feeding on a fish), Golden Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper and a Virginia Rail. Yes a Virginia Rail flew into the thick tangle of trees, bushes and reeds at the East of the dock just after I put my camera away. American Bittern can be heard from the resort, calling in the wetlands.
Red-winged Black bird and Yellow-headed Blackbird are common. Black-headed Grosbeak, Bulloch’s Oriole, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Yellow Warbler and other small songbirds I couldn’t identify play and feed in the trees around the campsite. Tree Sparrow are everywhere and we saw Cliff Swallow and Northern Rough-winged Swallow. We stayed in RV Site #12 and these birds all frequented the trees over our camp, best viewed with the sun at our backs at the camp from the dock in the morning or late afternoon.
On our tour West by kayak of Pelican bay we saw Brown-headed Cowbird, Yellow Warbler, Bald Eagle, Red-winged Blackbirds, Cedar Waxwing, along with many Wood Duck and Bonaparte’s and other gulls.
We have over 2000 photos to sift through for our best shots to post. Our computers are too full to upload any more pictures. The Sapsucker or another woodpecker is drumming, the sun is rising and we are off to shoot more pictures until all our camera cards are full.
Here are just a few of the birds we saw. More will be posted as time permits.
Richard Eastman and Jane Prestegard 5/13/2016.