Bird Walk and Other Adventures

I went on the 7:30 bird walk this morning with Ranger Karen. To say it was incredible would be a bit of an understatement. Birds, mammals, trees, and flowers… there’s so much out here that I haven’t been exposed to yet! Of course, the first bird sighting was a Steller’s Jay, so there was no way it couldn’t have been awesome. Here’s a bit of what I saw…

  • Yellow-bellied marmots
  • Deer
  • Chickarees
  • Steller’s jay
  • Northern flicker
  • Cassin’s finch
  • White-crowned sparrow**
  • Dark-eyed ‘Oregon’ junco
  • Audobon’s yellow-rumped warbler
  • Brewer’s blackbird
  • Pine siskins**
  • Western wood-pewee**
  • Dusky flycatcher**
  • Clark’s nutcracker**
  • Mountain chickadee
  • American robin

I was a few minutes late to work because just as I was getting ready to head towards the VC, we spotted a dusky flycatcher in its nest in a lodgepole pine tree. So brilliant!

And then Adam and Jed stopped by the VC to say hi just as I was leaving for lunch. So I spent my lunch chatting with them about their Mt. Lyell ascent yesterday (they had just hiked in from the canyon) and were about to head over to the east side. Totally made my afternoon that they stopped by and that it was perfect timing.

Now I’m finishing out the end of the work day and then it’s over to Ranger Camp to have dinner with some friends and then off to Ranger Eric’s star walk. Good times in Tuolumne. I’m definitely having fun out here so far.

(** = first ever sighting/identification)

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