2017-07-19&20 Heading Home From The Eastern Sierras

Leaving June Lakes yesterday, I found a road I’d not travelled before. I’d been to Mono Mills on CA-120 East, but never further. The route from US-395 to Benton is about 50 miles. The terrain varies from flat sage at Mono Basin though rolling piney woods further east before turning to open rolling sage. Large … Read more

2017-07-18 Twin Lakes Mammoth, Round Two

My plan for this day was to head out to the end of Lake Mary Road in Mammoth. There were several locations nearby where I thought I might find the Pine Grosbeak. On reflection, I’ve seen several birds on other outings in the Eastern Sierras on this trip I dismissed as Purple Finches, that I … Read more

2017-07-16 Twin Lakes Camp Birds, Mammoth California

Mammoth Creek connects a string of high elevation lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Starting above Skelton Lake (9,920′), it drains into Arrowhead Lake (9,690′), Lake Mary (8,920’), Lake Mamie (8,900’), and finally Twin Lakes (8,540′) which looks to be three bodies of water. I was informed I might find a Pacific Wren along Twin … Read more

2017-07-15 Tioga Pass And The Importance Of “Common” Birds

June Lake, where I’ve been staying with friends, is a short drive to many great bird locations and abundant first rate scenery. Tioga Pass is the east gate to Yosemite National Park. It takes off from US-395 near Lee Vining less than 4.5 miles from north end of June Lakes Loop (CA-158). At its junction … Read more

2017-07-13 Eastern Sierra Scenery

  Occasionally I’ll take a short break from pointing my camera at birds and take in some of the surrounding scenery. Today I’m sharing some of those images. A brief description follows in chronological order. Horsetail Falls is along Rush Creek as it descends from the highest elevations into the June Lakes area and ends … Read more

2017-07-12 Sonora Pass And Beyond

At 9623 feet, Sonora Pass is the second highest pass over the Sierras. I wanted to explore this area because I was told there was a store along the route with a feeding station and I might get Rosy Finches. I crossed the summit and drove downslope as far as the Dardanelle Resort. I spoke … Read more

2017-07-12 Bridgeport Resevoir

On leaving Mono Lake, my route north towards Sonora Pass carried me through the town of Bridgeport. Northeast of the town is a large shallow lake called Bridgeport Reservoir. I’d read I might find interesting birds there. Driving north past the eastern shoreline, very little in the way of floating birds could be seen. Near … Read more

2017-07-12 Mono Lake Birds

This morning I headed toward Sonora Pass. California Route 108 traverses the Sierra Nevada range from the Gold Country on the west to the eastern Sierras near Bridgeport. The road from June Lake passes Lee Vining and Mono Lake. There is a roadside picnic area at the northwestern shore of Mono Lake where I’ve found … Read more

2017-07-08 Woodpecker Chase

Saturday (7/8) I chased woodpeckers. My first stop was at Earthquake Fault just outside of downtown Mammoth. I’d been told I’d find Williamson’s Sapsuckers there, and I did. I also found Black-Backed Woodpeckers which I was supposed to find on my second stop at Inyo Craters. The birds at the fault were very high in … Read more

2017-07-07 and 09 Lower Rock Creek

Friday morning (7/7) I chased (but missed) my friend Steve Brad’s Indigo Bunting. He’d been visiting the region in the weeks prior to my departure. I’m reasonably certain I was in the correct location, but the bird was not cooperating. There were other birds to entertain me here (American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Rock … Read more