Debbie Viess and Laurence Taylor mention the Sierra City area (Sierra County
on highway 49 at the intersection of Gold Lake Highway). There are many
Audubon trips there each June -- it's a fantastic area. My family went on a
non-birding trip in early August 2006, and it's too late for Calliope's by
then. We found the feeders at the popular location, Bassett's Station, and
also there are many at Packer Lake Lodge, up Gold Lake Highway.
A good source of information about any birding area in California is Joe
Morlan's California birding pages:
This site has a link to the SF
State, Sierra Nevada Field Station, which has a checklist of birds of the
area (you can also purchase it at Bassett's).
Joe lists this email group as the one that reports sightings from Sierra
County. You can join on Yahoo Groups or see the last 30 days sightings at
www.sialia.com. I imagine that this email group has many excellent
reportings of birding trips to Sierra City and Sierra Valley.
Another place for Caliope's is Hodgdon's Meadows in Yosemite Ntl Park. An
Audubon trip saw 5 or 6 on Saturday this weekend at the hummingbird feeders
outside a ranger's residence. We also saw 1 out in the meadow on the tops
of the dead branches in the willow thickets. I am not sure how reliable
this location is.
] On Behalf
Of debbie viess
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 8:35 AM
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Finding Calliope Hummingbird?
In light of this message, I couldn't resist posting
yesterday's sighting... while waiting for one of our
BAMS (Bay Area Mycological Society) members to return
from the field, along the Southern flank of Mt.
Shasta, my friend Larry Stickney was leaning up
against a rock, wearing a sweatshirt with several
colorful amanita mushrooms on it. Up buzzed a Calliope
hummingbird, who attempted to "drink" from the bright
scarlet amanita muscaria so depicted! Perhaps it was
just a foolish fledge. At any rate, all I saw was the
fat bumblebee sized bird zipping off, but my friend
Larry looked it in the eye!
BTW, the town and store in mountain hummingbird
country is called Bassetts, the time is now. The SFSU
Field Station, along Hwy. 49, also has a hummingbird
feeder outside the porch of its dining hall, where the
calliope frequently perch to feed. Ask Jim Steele,
Station director, for permission to check it out.
Dippers often nest under the bridge leading onto
campus as well.
ps this location is a bit north of Tahoe, but very
much worth it, in terms of bird quality and quantity.
Again, ask Jim Steel for directions to the Sierraville
Marsh to the East, another birding hotspot. Other
members of this list may also be able to give you good
directions to this uniquely beautiful and bountifully
birdy, hi-elevation freshwater marsh.
--- sblauman1 <sblauman1@...
> Hi Birders,
> Can anyone tell me of a reliable location to find
> Calliope Hummingbird
> and the best dates? I am hoping for a location from
> Lake Tahoe south to
> and including Yosemite.
> Thank you,
> Sara Blauman
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