Down slope migration
- The birds are moving down. My feeder at 6,700 feet is suddenly full of
Cassin's Finches and Evening Grosbeaks. Even the Chickadees are growing in
Higher up, above 7,000 ft in Ward Creek Canyon, (off Hwy 89, S. of Tahoe
City,)the Lazuli bunting, Green-tailed Towhee and Brewer's sparrows are
pretty much gone. Didn't hear a single Mountain Quail either. A few Pine
Grosbeaks and McGilvray's Warblers are hanging around up the canyon.
Williamson's sapsuckers are suddenly common. Migrant Rufous hummers have
completely replaced the local breeding Calliopes.
The weather is gorgeous but the birds know Fall is coming.
Richard C. Carlson
Full Time Birder, Biker & Rotarian
Spending our first wonderful summer at 6,700 ft at Lake Tahoe
Palo Alto & Lake Tahoe, CA & Tucson, AZ
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