Winter Wildlife Tour of Big Pine

Observers: Tom & Jo Heindel plus others
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Date: 03/05/2005
Time: 06:03 PM -0500


On 5 March a group of friendlies scoured the lakes and special birding spots around Big Pine on the annual trip hosted by Eastern Sierra Audubon Society. We started with two Tundra Swans, adult and immature, and an early pair of Clark's Grebes at Klondike Lake. A Great Horned Owl was scoped sitting on its nest along County Rd. While large numbers of raptors weren't found we found seven species sitting or soaring or grabbing food mid air and eating as the male American Kestrel did right in front of us. Mountain Bluebirds remained hard to find until we got to Fish Springs Rd. Tinemaha Reservoir had five more Tundra Swans but the coup de grace was the two adult Bald Eagles that sat for their portraits and then soared to the delight of the group. Thanks to all who shared this beautiful morning with us.