Bird walks begin Friday, May 20

The Mono Lake Committee and California State Parks welcome everyone to attend free, weekly bird walks this summer. After a two-year hiatus, bird walks will occur at 8:00am every Friday at Mono Lake County Park, Saturday at Lundy Canyon, and Sunday at Mono Lake County Park. The first walk occurs on Friday, May 20 and we hope you can join us.

The dawn chorus has been offering a beautiful mix of Orange-Crowned Warblers, House Wrens, Song Sparrows, Bullock’s Orioles, and many more feathered friends. And at the shores of County Park, Wilson’s and Red-Necked Phalaropes, Eared Grebes, California Gulls, and Osprey have arrived!

Birding during the breeding season is a great time to observe a variation in nesting behavior that is both fascinating and complex. It is also a good reminder to always observe nests from a safe distance so we don’t disturb the birds—this is when our binoculars and spotting scopes really come in handy.

During the bird walks we take a leisurely stroll through a variety of habitats including sagebrush scrub, aging woodland with dead snags, towering cottonwoods, willows, and lakeshore/wetlands. Sign up to join us here, or meet us at County Park or the Lundy Lake Campground parking lot and bring sunscreen, plenty of water, a hat, and binoculars (if you have them). All experience levels are welcome!

Bird walks at Mono Lake County Park end on the boardwalk near the lakeshore. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Top photo by Elin Ljung.