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Mono County Tundra Swans

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  • Mike Martin
    Hello Calbirders Had a great look at Tundra Swans this last Tuesday. 12 birds located on the alkali ponds just to the west of the landfill, off the north side
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 13, 2006
      Hello Calbirders

      Had a great look at Tundra Swans this last Tuesday. 12 birds located
      on the alkali ponds just to the west of the landfill, off the north
      side of Benton Crossing road in southern Mono County, near the town
      of Mammoth Lakes. The birds were conveniently split into groups of
      six, with one group tipping (even kicking their feet in the air to
      tip over as far as possible) and one group resting on the ice about
      75 yards away on the tip of the frozen section of the pond. Also
      with the swans were geese and Gadwalls, along with numerous teal.
      The swallows had not yet arrived to the bridge crossing at the Owens
      River.

      Visitors to the condo deck in Mammoth Lakes included a Clark's
      Nutcracker, Steller's Jays, juncos and Mountain Chickadees. At a
      neighbor's feeding station (thistle sock, seed bell and suet block),
      seen thru a falling snow, were many Pine Siskins, juncos, chickadees
      and a most striking pair of Bullock's Orioles, chasing away a lone
      Sage Thrasher.

      A single Golden Eagle was seen on the way up, being harassed by two
      hawks over the cattle pastures between Big Pine and Bishop.

      Beautiful wide open country and nice birding surprises for a
      visiting urban flatlander.

      Good birding
      Mike Martin
      Oceanside, CA
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