River Springs Birds

From: Chris Howard
Date: 6/18/99
Time: 8:35:21 AM
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Last weekend (6/12-6/13) I ventured up to River Springs (Adobe Valley, Mono Co.). This area is a beautiful, Serengeti-like, vast marshland. There were numerous Sage Thrashers in the upland areas. Down in the marshes, I found 4 Willets, 2 Black-necked Stilts, 5 Wilson's Phalarope, Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and heard at least 3 American Bitterns. More numerous were Savannah Sparrows and Killdeer.

I'd like to think that the Willets, Stilts, and Phalaropes are breeding there, though I found no proof. It seems like the right time of year and a pretty good habitat. Does anyone know of breeding out here by these species in the past?

Right now is a good time to visit River Springs. Just remember the insect repellant and be sure to wear rubber knee-boots to get out into the marsh.