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Join us on a bird walk in Lundy Canyon

July 6th, 2019 by Krista, Birding Intern

Lundy Canyon, with its stunning talus slope walls, waterfalls, and wildflowers, is brimming with bird life! Please join us there for a free bird walk every Saturday at 8:00am.

A House Wren removing a fecal sac from its cavity nest. Photo courtesy of Rick Spanel.

We meet in front of the Lundy Lake Resort and the walk lasts about an hour and a half to two hours. The walk begins in willow and cottonwood habitat, transitions into a mixed riparian woodland, and ends at a beaver pond, giving us a good opportunity to see a lot of species diversity along the way.

We may also take some time to scan the steep canyon walls for nesting raptors such as Peregrine Falcons or Golden Eagles. Perhaps we will be too busy enjoying the beautifully woven pendant nest of a Bullock’s Oriole, or the well camouflaged and tightly bound nest of a Western Wood-Pewee. It is also a good reminder that if and when you find a nest, you should watch quickly and carefully from a safe distance—binoculars and scopes really come in handy at this time!

A Western Wood-Pewee adding spider web material to its nest. Photo courtesy of Rick Spanel.

Each bird walk is dynamic, as there are always new and exciting things to observe and marvel at. Please bring binoculars if you have them, sun protection (sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), and plenty of drinking water. All experience levels are welcome! The walk is free, and reservations are recommended but not required. You may register online here, or feel free to call the Mono Lake Committee with any other questions at (760) 647-6595. We look forward to seeing you there!

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