Attention Birders: Clear Lake Campground is calling you! More than 300 bird species have been spotted in Lake County, California, and many of them are common in all seasons.
What birds might I see at Clear Lake Campground?
Listed below are the birds you are most likely to see when you come to Clear Lake Campground. See our recommended top birding hot spots for places to go around Clear Lake while you're at Camp.
* An ideal way to see birds along Cache Creek is by canoe or kayak: Rent a kayak or canoe at Camp, available to campground guests and the public.
Common Water Birds on Clear Lake and Cache Creek:
Commonly seen in all seasons: Mallards, Canada Geese, American Coot, American White Pelican and Grebes including Pied-billed, Eared, Western, and Clark's Grebes.
Common in spring, fall, and winter: Buffleheads, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye and Ducks including Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ring-necked, Lesser Scaup, and Ruddy Ducks.
Birds to see in or near the water:
Commonly seen in all seasons: Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, and California Gull.
Common in spring, fall, and winter: Great Egret and Herring Gull
Birds to see on the ground:
frequently spotted in all seasons: California Quail and Wild Turkey
Flying birds - look in trees, bushes, or in the air:
Look for these in all seasons: Anna's Hummingbird, American Crow, American Robin, Black Phoebe, Brewer's Blackbird, Bushtit, California Scrub Jay, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Dildeer, European Starling, Eurasian-collared Dove, House Finch, House Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vultures, Western Bluebird, Western Meadowlark, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Seen in spring, summer, and fall: Barn Swallow, Osprey, Tree Swallow, Violet-Green Swallow
Seen in spring, fall, and winter: American Kerstel Falcon, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden Crowned and White-crowned Sparrows.
Common in Spring and summer: Cliff Swallow, Western Wood Pewee, Yellow-headed Blackbird
Fairly Common Birds you may see in all seasons:
While not as common as the birds in the above lists, there's still a good chance you may see these in any season:
American Goldfinch, Bell's and Lark Sparrows, Belted Kingfisher, Bewick's Wren, California and Spotted Towhees, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Downy and Nuttall's Woodpeckers, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Horned Owl, Mourning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, Oak Titmouse, Purple Finch, Red-shouldered Hawk, Rock Pigeon, Steller's Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Wrentit.
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