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Loon on Mono Lake

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 12/1/16

The only bird on Mono Lake (at a spot on the SW shore) this morning was a loon. Seemed strange that there wasn’t a grebe or duck in sight.

Hike Lee Vining Creek

Saturday, August 20th, 2016 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: Aug. 19 ,2016

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.


Sunday, July 26th, 2015 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 7/21/2015

North of Coleville along 395, west side of highway. Male in full breeding plumage. Almost ran car off the road.

Chestnut-sided Warbler, other species

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: July 20

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.

Swallows perching on road and bushes

Sunday, July 19th, 2015 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 7/18/15

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.

Identity Unknown

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: Sunday 14th June 2015

Took this photo during a recent visit and it’s only when I’ve been reviewing my photos at home that I spotted this bird! Does anyone have any ideas what it might be?

Lee Vining Creek outlet from kayak

Monday, September 15th, 2014 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 9/15

bonapartes gull;3 willets; 5 marbled godwits; yellow leg; ruddy ducks; avocets; western sandpipers; .

A couple of photos from my recent post.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 05/01/14

A Lesser Goldfinch and a White-throated Sparrow.

Lee Vining Birds

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 02/05/14

Taking a short walk around my neighborhood I saw the following birds:
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Bullock’s Oriole -my first for the year!
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Brewer’s Blackbird
Cassin’s Finch
Red-tailed Hawk
American Robin
White-breasted Nuthatch
Hairy Woodpecker
and a very rare vagrant White-throated Sparrow! Got good photos of this bird.
What a sweet stroll it was… Enjoy!

First sighting of a Gray Flycatcher at County Park

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 4/28/14

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)!!!!

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