Bird Report, 4th of July weekend

6 Jul

Brewer's Sparrow

Brewer’s Sparrow, at Mono Lake

Violet-Green Swallow

Violet-Green Swallow, at Mono Lake

Osprey pair on nest

Osprey nest with California Gull, at Mono Lake

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow, at Mono Lake

California Gull

California Gull, at Mono Lake

Bald Eagle at nest

Bald Eagle near nest at June Lake

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker, on way to Super-Secret Meadow near June Lake

Ravens at 10,000 ft

Ravens at 10,000 ft at Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite National Park

Bird List for Trip:

Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) (ID by ear only) LIFER!
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus
California Gull (Larus californicus) LIFER! (only because I’d never recorded one before)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) LIFER!
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Common Raven (Corvus corax)
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) LIFER!
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri) LIFER!
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Cassin’s Finch (Carpodacus cassinii)
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) LIFER!
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)

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9 Responses to “Bird Report, 4th of July weekend”

  1. Miz S 7 July, 2008 at 2:25 am #

    See now, if it had been me the pictures would have been labeled with names like “brown bird” and “kind of black-ish bird with white head.”

    I salute your bird id skills!

  2. bevson 7 July, 2008 at 2:43 am #

    Oy. Black-headed Grosbeak is a nemesis bird for me. Great list. I was birding a piece of the Appalachian Trail this weekend. It was very birdy considering the heat and it was the middle of the day. Come over and see what it’s like. http://behindthebins.wordpress.com

  3. jayne 7 July, 2008 at 2:52 am #

    Oh, that red-breasted sapsucker is faaabulous! What a great bird weekend you had Liza!

  4. Pam 7 July, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    Ohhh, what awesome birds and great settings they’re in!!

  5. Trixie 7 July, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    Envious here! What a lovely trip it looks like you have had. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Mary Carlson 7 July, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    A dusky grouse and a red breasted sapsucker – I sure would have loved to add those to my life list. Great job, Liza. Glad you had a really nice birdy weekend.

  7. Laura 7 July, 2008 at 7:23 pm #

    Wow – sounds great! I haven’t even heard of half of these birds.

    😉

  8. Susan Gets Native 8 July, 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    Holy.
    Crap.
    That is one heck of a list, girl! Awesome!
    And I Heart that Osprey photo.

  9. Liza Lee Miller 11 July, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    So, turns out that the Dusky Grouse is really a Sooty Grouse and they both used to be Blue Grouses. I’m confused . . . anyone else?

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