Re: [CALBIRDS] RFI Sooty Grouse around the Kernville Area
No reliable spots due to locked Forest Service
gates until roads dry out. Unfortunately, Bald
Mountain Lookout reliable Sooty Grouse population
was reportedly hunted out during 2007 hunting
season! Many, many people saw their first or
annual Sooty Grouse along the trail in some
reliable and easily viewable trees (often at eye
level from slope) from the parking area to the
lookout tower. Now they are gone! But, that area
is all but surely inaccessible in late April.
Wish I had better news. Maybe someone else has better news.
Call the Sequoia National Forest to see if road
is open north from Greenhorn Summit to Sunday
Peak trailhead. If open, that might be your best
bet ... walk along trail to Sunday Peak listening
as you go. Then trying to find an individual.
I have heard them in recent years around the
edges of wet meadows between Johnsondale and the
Western Divide Highway and at Holey Meadow
Campground. It all depends on accessibility.
Again ... call Sequoia National Forest
(760-376-3781) to see if Mtn. 99, etc. is open
from Kernville to California Hot Springs via
Parker Pass (Thus allowing access to Holey Meadow
and prior mentioned wet meadows.). FYI: These roads are paved.
Call 760-376-3781 (Kernville Sequoia NF office)
for Sherman Pass Road/Bald Mountain Lookout road
access. Checking along Sherman Pass Road could
produce a hooting individual/has produced singing
individuals as well. FYI: Sherman Pass Road is paved.
Call 760-379-5646 (Lake Isabella Sequoia NF
office) for Grenhorn Summit to Sundahy Peak dirt
road accessibility (gate locked or unlocked?).
At 06:48 PM 4/22/2009, you wrote:
>I'll be in the Kernville area this weekend, and[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>in all of my trips up there, have yet to find a
>Sooty Grouse in the area. If anyone knows of any
>good/reliable spots, I'd love to hear about them.
>Thank you, in advance!
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