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Home arrow Opinion arrow Visit Ladd Marsh to hear sparrow symphony


Visit Ladd Marsh to hear sparrow symphony


SONG SPARROWS like the one above have begun singing at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. ODFW photo
SONG SPARROWS like the one above have begun singing at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. ODFW photo

Ladd Marsh Viewing Report... 



Wildlife viewers and anglers need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area.

The $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Hunting seasons on the area have closed meaning all of the wildlife area, including the Glass Hill Unit, is closed to public entry except the Foothill Road viewpoint and the Nature Trail. Tule Lake Public Access Area and the Auto Route will re-open for the season March 1.

Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult game bird regulations before entering the wildlife area.

There are numerous quality-viewing opportunities from county roads that pass through the area.

Binoculars or a spotting scope will help as many animals are best viewed from a distance.

Waterfowl numbers are rebounding sharply as longer days begin to feel like spring.

Hundreds of ducks and geese are using the area.

Greater white-fronted geese, northern pintails, American wigeon and other species are present.

Scoping the flats east of Peach Road should show good numbers of geese and ducks.

Thirty or more tundra swans have been observed and as many as four trumpeter swans have been reported.

Report any waterfowl with neck collars to the wildlife area headquarters.

Bewick’s wrens, black-capped chickadees and song sparrows have begun singing. Hundreds of American robins have been using Ladd Marsh recently, dotting small trees, shrubs and pastures.

Bald eagles have been seen in scattered areas of the marsh. Watch for them in flight over the marsh or perched in trees or on fenceposts. Numerous great horned owls are present on Ladd Marsh and may be seen in their nests as they begin to incubate eggs.

Northern harriers have started their aerial displays and can be seen dancing in the air from nearly any county road on the area.  Red-tailed hawks have also begun to stake out nest sites.

Dogs are not permitted within the wildlife area, on or off leash except west of Foothill Road from Sept. 1 through authorized hunting seasons. For more information on access rules for Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, consult the Oregon Game Bird Regulations or call the wildlife area at 541-963-4954.



Rocky Mountain elk can be seen at the Elkhorn Wildlife Area. For a close-up horse-drawn wagon viewing opportunity, try T&T Wildlife Tours at the Anthony Creek Feed site: http://www.tnthorsemanship.com/tours.htm.

Mule deer can be seen on their winter ranges throughout Baker County. Remember wildlife are particularly sensitive to harassment during the winter so view at a

Bald eagle viewing opportunities are plentiful along the Brownlee Reservoir. Spotters will need a keen eye and good optics to take full advantage of them.



Around the bird feeders in the area, find dark-eyed juncos, house finches, yellow-rumped warblers, white-crowned sparrows and meadowlarks.

All common winter raptors are in the area in numbers. The rough-legged hawks, short-eared owls, and bald eagles have all been seen, as have American kestrel, merlin and sharp-shined hawks.


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