Continuing Wood Thrush at Crystal Spring, SE Inyo Goodies

Observers: Chris and Rosie Howard, Barb Schuck
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Date: 10/01/2006
Time: 11:03 AM -0400

We spent Friday night (29 Sept) at Crystal Spring (~15 miles east of China Ranch in extreme SE Inyo) and spent Saturday (30 Sept) birding our way back to the Owens Valley. Our main target was the Wood Thrush at Crystal Spring, first found 19 August. Species of note are listed below. 

Crystal Spring, a trashed mining area, is not the most aesthetic place, but the birds don't seem to mind the trickle of water that runs a few hundred yards, supporting some big cottonwoods, elm and other trees. 6:25AM-8:15AM 

China Ranch 9:00AM - 11AM 

Shoshone Museum, quick stop 

Furnace Creek Inn, 1:00PM - 2:30PM, the best concentration of sparrows, etc of the day. 

Furnace Creek Ranch, 3PM-5PM 

Crystal Spring habitat shot; 'meadow' the Wood Thrush frequented in shadow.
Close-up of the 'meadow'; cistern on left.