[Mtn-birds] happenings in Butte Co.
- This week I worked a bit along the North Fork Feather River above Oroville
Res. On Tuesday there were flights of white waterbirds (Snow & Ross Geese,
Tundra Swans) heading east over the mountains. They did not seem to
strictly follow the Feather River Canyon (as has been previously observed
for other migrants in this area) but instead followed a set compass bearing.
I don't know of their destination, but it could easily be Sierra Valley or
other nearby eastside valleys. It always seems awfully early and risky for
them to cross the Sierra so soon, but since they've been doing that for much
longer than I've been around, I will trust their judgment. The main point
is that birders should consider and eastside trip at this time of year
Also, the Dippers were really singing it up on the river. If you listen
carefully you can pick out elements that sound like imitations (Rock Wren,
crossbill, etc.) though I can't recall if the literature says they are
"supposed" to do this.
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