Sonora Pass HY108 Pine Grosbeak
- Saturday Sonora Pass HY108 in Toulumne and Mono County was opened
allowing access for birders into eastern Sierra's.
Driving west birding was fair due to such high snow on the west side
which is Toulumne County.
Townsend's Solitaire and Swainson's Thrush were very easily seen along
the road side.
The eastern side of Sonora Pass was is a snow pack but much less in volume.
Cassin Finches, Audubon Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, Pine Siskin
and a Single Pine Grosbeak were feeding at HY108 edge between Road
Marker 2.0 and 5.0., Mono County
Clark's Nutcracker seem to be everywhere calling and flying from tree
top to tree top, I counted seven individuals.
Where HY108 meets HY 395 the ponds have Yellow-Headed Blackbirds and
three calling Wilson Snipe.
Also one pond had three Northern Pintail's.
In conclusion on my return I noticed that California Fish and Game have
installed a gate for entrance into Pickel Meadows.
The gate can be found on the northeast of the entrance of Wolf Creek
Pickel Meadows has always interest me for possible Yellow Rail habitat
Enjoy your long weekend,
Rich Cimino, Alameda County