Hey CAL birders
Over the weekend (Aug 1-4) I was lucky enough to 'tag along' with several
archeologists/anthropologists from CSU, Chico and U of Arizona on a field trip into the
Great Basin. Their goal was to view several sites with ancient rock etchings. I kept a list of
the birds and mammals that I (we) saw. I will provide a rough outline of the (long) road
trip and then the lists.
We staged at Eagle Lake Field Station on the shores of Eagle Lake (EL), where a
zooarcheology conference was wrapping up. From Hwy 139 north of Susanville we drove
over the Horse Lake road to Ravendale and then into the Smoke Creek Desert (SCD) in
Nevada (Western Washoe Co). We drove through Alturas and camped at the Forest Service
Campground at Cedar Pass (CP), and the next day East through Cedarville and into
Massacre Valley and Stephen's Camp near the northern end of the High Rock Canyon. We
camped at Cave Lake (CL) in the beautiful Warner Mountains and spent Sunday
touring/birding the perimeter of Goose Lake (GL) and then on back to the Field Station.
BIRD TRIP LIST:
Greater Sage-grouse - SCD (8/2/08) we flushed 2 ind. from the intermittent creek, they
flew to the ridge and landed. All of our group was able to see them well.
California quail (3) - near Lakeview Oregon
eared grebe - Eagle Lake, including a nearly complete amelanistic individual that seemed
paired with a normally colored individual. There was a small grayish patch of feathers on
the back of the head, otherwise the bird was completely white.
western grebe - many at EL and several at Goose Lake
American white pelican - EL and GL
Double-crested cormorant- driving on hwy 395 near Modoc NWR, also GL
great egret - GL
Great blue heron - EL and GL
white-faced ibis - GL
golden eagle - several near Massacre Valley, 1 at south end of Goose Lake, near town of
bald eagle - EL and GL
cooper's hawk - near Lakeview OR
prairie falcon - hwy 395 north of Termo CA
sandhill crane- Modoc NWR and GL
killdeer- EL and GL
spotted sandpiper - GL
ring-billed gull - EL and GL
great horned owl (VOCAL ONLY) at Eagle Lake Field Station
rufous hummingbird - literally several dozen at SCD, they seemed to be using a (unknown
to me) robust species of purple thistle.
white-headed woodpecker - common on the ELFS property, they really seem to like the
water feature/bird bath type thing they have there. It is an impressive bird magnet.
black-billed magpie - only a few individuals total
gray jay - 3+ very vocal birds seen well at Cave Lake campground on morning of 8/3/08
horned lark - Massacre and Stephen's Camp
blue-gray gnatcatcher (HEARD ONLY)
sage thrasher - common at SCD and into Massacre and Stephen's Camp
Macgillivary's warbler - creek at Cedar Pass campground
Western tanager -Cedar Pass (CP)
lark sparrow - Smoke Creek Desert (SCD)
vesper sparrow - SCD
black-headed grosbeak - CP
wild horses - several separate herds in SCD
coyote - GL
golden-mantled ground squirrel
beechy (California) ground squirrel
yellow-bellied marmot - GL
chickaree (Douglas' tree squirrel)
CSU, Chico Biology Dept.