SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA
Road trip to Summer Lake Wildlife area. It is a 29.6 mile refuge with an 8.3 mile tour route, which I drove twice. I drove it the day a terrible wind storm was whistling across Oregon, blowing down trees and overturning trucks in other parts of the state. I could hardly stand the couple of times I got out of my pickup. I stayed at one of my favorites places, the Lodge at Summer Lake ( http://www.lodgeatsummerlake.com ) They have a pond filled with migratory birds a few steps away from all the comfortable rooms. They serve yummy food at their restaurant.
These are the birds I think I saw….but keep in mind, I am new to birding so feel free to correct my ID’s as needed: Coots, Ruddy Ducks, Pelicans, Cormorants, Mallards, Red-Shafter Northern Flicker, Long Billed Curlews, American Widgeon, Gadwalls, Greater Yellowlegs, Robin, Starling, Greater White-fronted Geese, Black-crowned Night Heron, Mallards, Avocets, Turkey Vulture, Ring-necked Ducks, Shovelers, a gull rookery, Trumpeter Swans, and Cinnamon Teals. The manager of the refuge, who I met the next day at the 24 Ranch branding, said that they are trying to establish breeding pairs of Trumpeter swans…thay are rare to see in our area I learned. I think I saw two pairs of these magnificent birds.