From: Mike Feighner
Time: 8:35:46 AM
Remote Name: 184.108.40.206
I too was there at Birchim Canyon on 9-2-2001, but following the directions at http://www.wmrs.edu/birds/hot_spots/birchim.htm, I decided to hike from the Gorge Power Plant since I did not want to park along US 395. The pedestrian road is now paved, and the distance is a lot more than a mile! In fact following the road past the dam and back to US 395, you will end up a lot further south of the regular hotspot. I kept saying to myself: "It must be just around the corner." I one point I realized I had passed the mid point and continued back to US 395 and north past the hotspot and back to the Gorge Power Point. The entire hike must have been at least 15 miles. There were Canyon and Rock Wrens at the south side of the canyon. Several Soras were calling from the marsh south of the dam. Also there was one eclipe-plumaged Green-winged Teal among the Mallards and one Spotted Sandpiper, not a very big reward for two tired feet.
-- Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA, Alameda County