Lassen NP - GRAY JAY, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, etc.
- Hey California Birders
While on a family camping trip at Lassen Volcanic National Park July 11-12 2008, Jay
Bogiatto and I managed to see some great birds. Interestingly, the most notable were found
literally within our campsite (Summit Lake North B-16, right next to the 'comfort station').
We had great looks at least 3 individual BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS both days; a new
California bird for me. We had a single GRAY JAY on the morning of July 11, also right in our
camp. In addition to the usual cast of characters at this elevation, we found the number of
western tanagers overwhelming - they were thick! Vocal green-tailed towhees were viewed
easily at the Sulphur Works. A fairly large (and seemingly leery) black bear was seen crossing
the road a mile or so south of Summit Lake mid-day (about 2 pm) on Friday July 11. For a
complete list or other details, email me off-list.
CSU, Chico Biology Dept.