Birding Hotspots: Brockman Lane Area
Spring and Fall migrants and vagrants; raptors; etc. Extensive area of trees, meadows, and canals with riparian habitat.
Go north/west out of Bishop on US 395 to Brockman Lane (there's a gas station at the NW corner). Turn right (north). Go 0.6 miles to a canal, where you can park on the dirt shoulder. Drift gates (be sure to close them after passing through) give access to the areas on either side of the road. You can follow a dirt road to the west through the wooded area known among local birders as Finkbeiner Woods - one of local birder John Finkbeiner's favorite spots. Roaming along the road and paths to the east of Brockman Lane will take you along a tree-lined canal and through meadows bedecked, in Spring, with acres of Iris.
The Green Gate Cottonwoods area is accessed off Dixon Lane; proceed north on Brockman Lane, go east on Dixon Lane, and look for the the green gate on the north side. Park off the road on the shoulder. Many rare and unusual birds have turned up at the Green Gate Cottonwoods area, including Red-faced Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Phainopepla, Bald Eagle, Brown Creeper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Magnolia Warbler.
(DeLorme No. CA map, p. 123, B6.)