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Random Sights

American White Pelicans

A 9-foot wing span makes these birds an impressive sight in flight. We’ve watched a half dozen of them flapping and gliding in unison high in the air, and we’ve seen them coming in for a landing, skimming just above the water for a long distance before lowering their landing gear — webbed feet stretched forward, heels down, touching water, slowing and then bodies settling onto the water. This one pictured was hopping from one rock to another.

Mink

We have often seen mink in the Klamath Falls area, hopping from rock to rock, on their way from one part of the lake to the next, or swimming and diving in the river. They travel along the rocks for as long as possible, although they don’t seem to mind swimming at all. None of the birds we have seen, like these American Black Ducks and American White Pelicans, have objected to the presence of this predator. It’s probably a different story during nesting season.

High winds blew this nest down from the Lodgepole Pine in our RV site.

Millie has learned to use our shadows when no shrubs or trees are available for shade

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