Osprey Twin Lakes (Mammoth Lakes Basin)

Observers: Sarah Roeske
Email: roeske@geology.ucdavis.edu
Verification: MONO
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Date: 09/12/2008
Time: 05:12 PM -0400


As an occasional visitor to the east side, I don't know if this is an unusual sighting or not - I would be interested in feedback. Osprey is not listed on one of the bird lists we received from the Forest Service, and it is a rare migrant on the other list. We're seeing a solo bird regularly - see below. We have sited a lone osprey fishing from dead tree perches on the south shore of the uppermost Twin Lake (Lake Mary or Mammoth Lake basin, not the one near Bridgeport) three times now - a year ago, late last May, and two weeks ago. Very distinctive call alerts us it's back, and we go to the shore and watch it hunt. After one successful dive about 4 ravens descended on it to try to steal the fish.