Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
My bird watching around Lake Almanor
by Carolyn Stillman on September 22nd, 2010

I’ve been watching in vain for the pair of bald eagles that nest by North Shore Campground. They fish the shallow waters north of the causeway and a sighting can bring palpitations to my heart. They are such magnificent birds! My best sighting was when one of the pair was actually standing on the shore of the causeway and I could see the great size of it reflected in the clear waters.

It’s been weeks now since I’ve seen them so I decided I should consult and check out their migration habits. Apparently following the nesting period the birds migrate southward to warmer climes for the winter. So I guess I won’t be seeing them again until spring.

However, there are hundreds of other birds plying the waters along the causeway for me to watch.
Grebes, white pelicans and Canada geese feed there pretty much year round. Susan Mueller, local wildlife photographer, often sets up her gear on the causeway and waits patiently for a photo op. She says that often she has just lined up a great shot and someone comes by in a car that knows her and shouts a halloo…whoops, no more bird!

My husband’s family are all avid birders and have been delighted with the birds they have been able to add to their life list from the area around Lake Almanor. One of their favorites was the American Dipper, a bird that wades into the shallow water to find his meal. They are unique little wren-like fellows who dine on small fish, larvae and aquatic insects. For myself, I have to say the quail are my favorites. The parents have huge broods usually twice a year that unfortunately provide provender for the many hawks in the area. Sad, but that’s nature. Our bird feeder at home attracts chickadees, nuthatches, grosbeaks, finches and stellar jays. The jays hit the feeder and knock the seeds on the ground and those bring the chipmunks, squirrels and quail.

In case you hadn’t noticed I am a real bird-lover and this little corner of the mountains is perfect to engage in bird watching.

Eagle Photo Jan Davies

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