While most dabbling ducks are denizens of the shallows, American Wigeon spend much of their time in flocks grazing on land. Paradoxically, they also spend more time than other marsh ducks on deep water, where they get much of their food by stealing it from other birds such as coots or diving ducks. This duck was once known as "Baldpate" because of its white crown.
Snow Geese can be seen in the thousands during the winter months here in the Klamath basin. By spring they will have begun their 1200 mile journey into northern Canada to breed. Snow Geese pair for life, and while the pair may not always winter in the same place they always meet back up again to raise a new generation of geese.
The Klamath Basin hosts the largest wintering concentration of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Eagles migrating into the basin come from the north, primarily Canada. Some birds are known to come from as far away as the Northwest Territories in Canada by way of Glacier National Park in Montana. Migrant bald eagles begin arriving in the basin in November. The largest numbers occur in January and February when over 500 are usually present.