Clear Lake

Lakeport, California

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Clear Lake is the largest body of fresh water lying entirely within California. It is heavily used for boating and fishing, and virtually its entire shore is lined with homes and resorts. It has a mild climate most of the year, but temperatures can reach 100 degrees F in the summer. Specialty birds: Resident—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Wood Duck; Osprey; White-tailed Kite; Western Screech-Owl; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Nuttall’s Woodpecker; Hutton’s Vireo; Oak Titmouse; Western Bluebird; Wrentit; California Thrasher; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak. Winter—Lewis’s Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

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"Clear Lake is the largest body of fresh water lying entirely within California. It is heavily used for boating and fishing, and virtually its entire shore is lined with homes and resorts. It has a mild climate most of the year, but temperatures can reach 100 degrees F in the summer. Specialty birds: Resident—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Wood Duck; Osprey; White-tailed Kite; Western Screech-Owl; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Nuttall’s Woodpecker; Hutton’s Vireo; Oak Titmouse; Western Bluebird; Wrentit; California Thrasher; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak. Winter—Lewis’s Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Lakeport
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best November through April.
Local Contacts: Clear Lake State Park.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Clear Lake

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May 2018