From: Chris Howard
Time: 9:22:17 PM
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
Fifteen birders joined the Furnace Creek Birding field trip, sponsored by Eastern Sierra Audubon Society on Saturday, Feb. 16th. A total of 58 species were seen throughout the weekend including some rare birds such as Ruddy Ground-Dove, Harris's Sparrow, Vermilion Flycatchers and an early sighting of Northern Rough-winged Swallow.
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|Harris's Sparrow||Lewis's Woodpecker||Greater Roadrunner||Greater Roadrunner||Snow Goose||Vermilion Flycatcher||Inca Dove|
|Ruddy Ground-Dove||Ruddy Ground-Dove||Ruddy Ground-Dove||Ruddy Ground-Dove preening Inca Dove||Ruddy Ground-Dove||Ruddy Ground-Dove|
A female Ruddy Ground-Dove was seen on the front lawn of a mobile home just south of the low hotel units hanging out with 10 Inca Doves. Three Snow Geese were on the largest water hazard with a Canada, a Wood Duck female was there, too. One Harris's Sparrow was in the ditch between the 700 building and the abandoned sewer ponds to the west. A male and female Vermilion Flycatcher are wintering at the sewer ponds. A Common Moorhen is wintering at the reedy water hazard. The Rough-winged Swallow was with 10 Tree Swallows over the largest water hazard. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was near the doves and a Red-naped Sapsucker was on Airport Road. Around 10 Lewis's Woodpeckers were in the date groves.