Hike Lee Vining Trail from town to the visitor center on Friday 19. Great time, seen two Turkey Vulture’s sitting on dead cotton wood tree, Northern Flicker, Western Wood Pewee, several Clark’s Nutcracker, a flock of Chickadees, one Wren, two doves, and one Osprey sitting at the top of a willow tree.
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My group of six hikers and myself enjoyed excellent views of the adult male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER on July 19 at 2:30 pm. We saw the bird well for about five minutes foraging in two whitebark pines adjacent to the trail. Undoubtedly this is the same bird found by Bob Power on June 28. It was in the exact location he described, a few hundred yards above Gemstone Lake where the trail switchbacks. It did not vocalize in the time we were observing it. We also saw two GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES on the east side of Helen Lake.
Other recent sightings include: a group of PINYON JAYS just west of the Mono Mills burn, south of Highway 120 on July 19. A MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED curlew. 2 SEMI-PALMATED AND 2 SNOWY PLOVERS at the shallow puddles east of Navy Beach on July 19. A CASPIAN TERN flying near the mouth of Rush Creek on July 17.
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Just north of the Walker Creek diversion pond there were dozens of cliff swallows on the road and in the tops of bushes. Our approaching cars flushed them into the air, but as we left they settled back down in the tops of bushes. I haven’t seen this behavior before and suspect they were eating insects.
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Taking a short walk around my neighborhood I saw the following birds:
Bullock’s Oriole -my first for the year!
and a very rare vagrant White-throated Sparrow! Got good photos of this bird.
What a sweet stroll it was… Enjoy!
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Went birding to County Park yesterday and was lucky to have observed my first Gray Flycatcher of the year -also saw, White-faced Ibis, Caspian Terns, and hundreds of peeps (both Least and Western Sandpipers)!!!!