Eastern Sierra trip

Observers: Stefan Schlick
Email: greenfant@hotmail.com
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Date: 07/24/2006
Time: 10:31 PM -0400


Here the highlights of last weekend's trip with Jon Katz: Mono Co: -Pinyon Jay (flock of ~200 (!) birds off CA120 east of Lee Vining; this spot was 0.3mi into the first Jeffrey Pines when you head east from the South Tufa turnoff) -Lewis's Woodpecker (1; same spot as above) -Red Crossbill (1 imm. at Virginia Lakes store feeders) -No Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches any more at Virginia Lakes (what a contrast to two weeks ago when they were virtually everywhere!) -Sage Thrasher, Brewer's Sparrow and Sage Sparrow along access road to South Tufa and along Test Station Rd (Mono Lake area) -Williamson's Sapsucker (1 male at 0.4mi west of 395 on Obsidian Dome Rd) Inyo Co: -Chukar (50+ mostly young ones at Tollhouse Springs, White Mountains along CA168) -Black-throated Sparrow (1 imm. at Tollhouse Springs) -Black-throated Gray Warbler, Juniper Titmouse, Gray Flycatcher (several at unmanned entrance station and at Grandview CG, White Mountains) -Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed subspecies at Schulman Grove) -probable Northern Goshawk (Grandview CG) -Bank Swallow (near ponds where Five Bridges Rd turns into Jean Blanc Rd north of Bishop) -Lawrence's Goldfinch (3 birds remaining at Glacier Lodge store/cabin 14) Alpine Co: Common Nighthawk (~30 birds actively hunting at sunset on Monitor Pass) Pinyon Jay (flock of ~50 along CA89 about 0.7mi east of the intersection with CA4) Bird on! Stefan Schlick Orangevale, CA