Mono County Tundra Swans
- 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
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
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.