McGee Creek Canyon - Mono Co.

From: Chris Howard and Rosie Beach
Date: 7/4/99
Time: 6:34:39 PM
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Today, we hiked up McGee Cr about 4 miles from the trailhead. Among the birds we enjoyed were: MacGillivray's Warbler, Calliope Hummingbird, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Warbler, Warbling Vireos in nearly every aspen stand, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewers Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Brown Creeper, Cassin's Finch. A really neat experience was a female Blue Grouse that strutted across the trail only 8-10 feet from us. By far the most interesting experience was a male Northern Harrier harrassing (dive-bombing) an adult Golden Eagle between 10,000 and 11,000 ft over cliffs and crags; we were near the trailhead at about 8,000 ft. What was the harrier doing? Defending a cliff territory?