National Class Bird and Wildlife Watching
Lonesome Duck is a nature lover’s dream. Located between the crest of the Cascades and the deserts of eastern Oregon it has a blend of plants and animals found at the edge of the high desert, the Ponderosa forests of the Fremont Mountains, and the mixed coniferous forests of the Cascades. The birds, plants and animals are diverse and abundant.
Bird watching is a major attraction. The Lonesome Duck is located near the north end of the Klamath Basin along the Pacific Flyway with some 350 species recorded for the Basin. The ranch itself is a great birding destination. It is nestled in the sagebrush and Ponderosas along the beautiful Williamson River and at the base of the mountain that forms the eastern wall of the Klamath Basin. Birds observed on the property are from a wide range of habitats such as Blue Grouse, Mountain Quail, and Western Tanagers to White-headed Woodpeckers, Scrub Jays, and from Bewick’s to Canyon Wrens. There are several miles of lanes and paths that can be walked and the ranch abuts Winema National Forest and the ranch located in the midst of the Klamath Basin Birding Trail: Come see why we have the “Best Birding in the West” klamathbirdingtrails
Great birding! 60+ species and still counting. Many thanks to Marshall and Sue for their excellent advice & hospitality! The visit was wonderfully restorative. The back porch was the perfect end to lovely walks. Jack & Ann N, Merced, CA
The Klamath Basin hosts the oldest bird festival in the U.S. every President’s weekend in February, the Winter Wings Festival (http://www.winterwingsfest.org/). Known for the largest overwintering population of Bald Eagles in the contiguous 48 states it also hosts an abundance of raptors and waterfowl often numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Both Golden and Bald Eagles frequent the ranch with nests on the National Forest mountainside overlooking the ranch and river.
Along the river it is easy to see Muskrat and Beaver in the evening and occasionally Otter, Mink and Weasel. Big game such as Elk, Black Bear, Mule and Blacktail Deer are in the area and you don’t have to go far to get into Buffalo and Pronghorn Antelope country.
Lonesome Duck is situated among six National Wildlife Refuges (http://www.fws.gov/klamathbasinrefuges/), Crater Lake National Park, Lava Beds National Park, two very hikeable National Wilderness areas, and several State Wildlife Refuges and Parks. Upper Klamath Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Rockies. There are many other lakes and streams in the area from the valleys to high in the Cascades, many with boating access and fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Checklist of birds
Would you like to be shown around one of the most scenic and diverse areas of the U.S? In addition to fishing guides, the Lonesome Duck offers half-day and full day tours throughout the basin from Volcano Beds National Monument to the south to Crater Lake National Park and Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in the north. For full day tours a sack/picnic lunch is provided.
The tours for birdwatchers, nature photographers, nature enthusiasts in general, are led by the Manager-Naturalist at the Lonesome Duck, Marshal Moser. Marshal is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, consultant, and old-time field naturalist. In addition to traveling far and near in Oregon, he as been to 5 continents and led groups and individuals in the Americas from the northern U.S. to the Peruvian Amazon. He loves to help people understand the human issues and natural history of an area, including geology, plants, birds, other animals, and the various ecosystems they inhabit.
The Lonesome Duck is a great location for the sights of the Klamath Basin. There are abundant and beautiful springs that are the sources of several of the creeks and rivers in the area, several spectacular overlooks and Crater Lake is only 20 miles away, and often the “high point” of tours. A hint: Crater Lake wildflowers peak the 3rd week of July and golden Aspen time is the first half of October in the basin. Call or email for more info.