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Bird Bio: Purple Finch

Bird Bio: Purple Finch By: Emily Molter, KBO Wildlife Education Specialist The Purple Finch is a sexually dimorphic species with the adult males washed in a rosy color that looks like it has been dipped in raspberry sauce. By contrast, the adult females are quite different, exhibiting a brown, drab color with a white moustache stripe. Young Purple Finches of […]

Banding with the Klamath Bird Observatory

The Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion is known for its incredible amount of biodiversity, including birds. One of the ways Klamath Bird Observatory can help monitors bird populations in this region is through bird banding stations. KBO has grown into having banding stations in Northern California and Southern Oregon, by doing this they are able to gather unique […]

Bird Bio: Wrentit

Bird Bio: Wrentit By: Emily Molter, KBO Wildlife Education Specialist Many birders may hear the male Wrentit’s distinctive, loud song similar to a Ping-Pong ball bouncing on a table, but never see one. The Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) is a secretive bird that prefers to remain hidden within dense brush and scrub, rarely crossing open areas. This year round resident in […]

Bird Bio: Lazuli Bunting, Passerina amoena

By: Cara Lovell, KBO Banding Intern The Lazuli Bunting is a banding crew favorite, and we often can’t help smiling when we capture these spectacular birds. The blue head and back, rusty breast, and white wing bars make the male stand out, while the drabber females can be an identification mystery until we find the delicate blue wash on the […]

Birding Excursion

The Klamath Bird Observatory recently led a group of 20 community members, educators and children  to the Seven Mile Guard Station. The group made use of new educational kits, which included everything that young students need to explore birding out in the field. The trip visited a bird banding station and viewed a demonstration of […]

Bird Bio: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bird Bio: Ruby-crowned Kinglet By: Bob Frey, KBO Biologist In the vast boreal forests of Alaska and Canada, follow asubtle and melodic song and you’ll find one of North America’s smallest birds—the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. It is one of the many bird species that undertakes the great spring migration to the boreal regions to breed and nest. This species […]

Bird Bio– Hermit Warbler

Bird Bio– Hermit Warbler Distribution: Generally breeds west of the Pacific Crest from southern California to Washington. Winters in the mountains of west Mexico to Nicaragua. Habitat: Breeds primarily in Douglas-fir forests with dense tree canopy and multiple layers of vegetation including a well-developed understory. Feeding: Glean (pick) insects off vegetation and can be seen hovering as […]

Bird Bio: the Song Sparrow

Bird Bio: the Song Sparrow The Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is a familiar bird year round in our region. It has the conical, seed-crunching bill typical of sparrows, and can be identified by its brown cap, gray supercilium (“eyebrow”), brown streak extending behind the eye, and strong brown lateral throat stripe. Additionally, it has heavy brown striping along the sides of its white or gray breast. These […]

Bird Bio– Townsend’s Solitaire

Bird Bio– Townsend’s Solitaire By: Deborah Zierten, KBO Education Intern Distribution: Generally found in mountainous areas throughout the west from central Mexico to Alaska. Habitat: Breeds in montane coniferous forests on steep rocky slopes at moderate to high elevations Feeding: Flycatches (catch insects in the air) from exposed perches, in the non-breeding season they feed mostly on berries. […]

Celebrating Migratory Birds

Klamath Bird Observatory will join the North Mountain Park Nature Center and the Rogue Valley Audubon Society at the Nature Center to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. This free family event will run from 8:00am until noon on Saturday May 8th. Here you can enjoy bird friendly shade-grown coffee, go on a bird walk, learn […]