SCVAS trip to Honey Lake
The annual SCVAS trip to Honey Lake (Lassen County),
led by Bob Hirt was a huge success this past weekend.
GREATER SAGE GROUSE were present and displaying on the
lek as hoped. Other highlights of the trip included
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (light and dark phase), several BALD
EAGLES, RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, LEWIS'S WOODPECKER,
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, JUNIPER
TITMOUSE, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKE (an adult and an
immature), and MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD.
Bob sent me a quick list of the full trip which
includes a few more birds than I mentioned above. I'm
attaching it below:
Friday Hi-lites with Paulann Thurmon and David
Red Rock Road:
Highway 395 marshes on right before Honey Lake:
Im.Northern Shrike at entrance road and Mapes corner
Fleming Unit area seen by Matthew and Kelly Dodder:
Ad. Northern Shrike on Mapes between 395 (more
precisely the Five Point Pheasant club Sign) and Fish
and Game road (seen by David McIntyre and Paulann
Huge Snow Goose Flock right behind first house on
Mapes at S curve. Huge Pintail flock on west side of
Mapes just beyond.
Golden Eagle: On right hand cliffs on 395 going north
just beyond the mustang corrals.
Janesville Main Street:
Slate-colored Junco at Robinson's feeder (also
Mountain Chickadees) at entrance to cemetery.
Lewis's Woodpecker five at Vermillion's house tree
south of the church (very bad weather)
Sage Grouse: 16 males and 8 females and a small
Pronghorn herd (20).
Fleming unit area:
Ad. Northern Shrike (likely same bird as Friday) 8 AM
on Fish and Game road near where ponds are on both
sides before the unit. We had 6 Redheads on the ponds
to the North of the road.
Rough-legged Hawk: at unit there were 3 (one dark
phase). A few Sandhill Cranes left.
Susanville after breakfast:
Mink: In Susan River near Weatherlow bridge and Mill
Eurasian Collared Dove: along Carroll St.
Evening Grosbeak: from pedestrian trail over Lassen St
and bridge (ole railroad grade) also a Slate-colored
Junco at a feeder seen from the elevated trail on the
east side of the pedestrian bridge.
No White-headeds or decent birds along Wingfoot Road
except many Townsend's Solitaires
Red-naped Sapsucker: Across from Veterinarian in
Janesville before the cemetery road
Lewis's Woodpecker: With Red-naped (2) and back at the
church were about 12.
Mountain Bluebird: Mapes Road between
Standish-Buntingville Road and the Dakin Unit.
Rough-legged Hawk: 3 more at Dakin and one Adult Bald
Eagle far out near lake in tree.
Golden Eagle: Overhead at Dakin. A few Swans were
there but not much else.
Ad.Northern Shrike: Mapes road same spot as Friday
late in day again 5PM. This is same bird moving around
Sunday Hi-lites from Eagle Lake (which was completely
Townsend's Solitaire and Rough-legged along route. Due
to time change we were at Jack's Valley too early.
Much snow on roads. Some turned back. Lake was totally
frozen over. No ducks no eagles no Osprey.
Pinyon Jays in two locations: Stones Landing first
road entrance (50) and Rock Point (?) Lakeshore drive
(125) along with large flocks of Evening Grosbeaks and
Northern Pygmy Owl: Where the telephone wires parallel
the road for two to three mile. It was 200 yards (back
toward Spaulding) from base of steep uphill grade that
has the old hawk / osprey nest in it. It was in a tree
at base of thirty foot rock cliff on north (west?)
non-lake, side of road. Found by Bruce Mast and Bob
Power. An amazing spotting while driving.
Returned home via Hwy 36. Stopping at Lake Almanor
causeway (Common Mergansers and Ring-necked Ducks) and
at Lassen Nat'l Park which was beautiful but had zero
birds and an entrance fee. In the past I've had
White-headed (missed for trip this time), Black-backed
and Blue Grouse. no such luck this time.
Mountain View, CA