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Eastern Sierra Weekend Trip
Sat & Sun, April 8-9, 2017 - (R)
— photographs by Tjie Poo —
Crowley Lake area
Group birding at the Lek area
We will meet in Lone Pine at 7:30 am on Saturday morning. From there, we will drive up 395 to Bishop, enjoying the magnificent Eastern Sierra scenery and birding along the way. We hope to see tule elk and black-billed Magpies on our drive. Later that afternoon, as well as on Sunday, we will caravan to various sites in the majestic Owens Valley in search of Bald and Golden Eagles, Red Crossbills, Pinyon Jays, Gray-crowned Rosy Finches, and six swallow species including Bank.
Group at Diaz Lake Diaz Lake Lone Pine
Group birding at Diaz Lake
Diaz Lake scenery
Group birding near Lone Pine
On Sunday, we will reassemble early in the morning and drive to a Greater Sage-Grouse strutting grounds (or lek) where we will watch the Sage-Grouse display. We will then drive to areas such as Crowley Lake to search for the Sage Thrasher and Common Loon in breeding plumage. Depending on the weather and our time, we may go northeast over the nearby hills to spots for our picnic lunch and mountain birds such as Pinyon Jay, Casin'a Finch, Williamson's Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, and Black-backed Woodpecker.
Advance reservations are needed; trip size is limited. Trip fee is $35 per person. Make check payable to Sea & Sage Audubon and mail it to: Eastern Sierra Trip, c/o Nancy Kenyon, 32 Almond Tree Ln, Irvine CA 92612-2230. Meeting time & directions to the meeting place will be provided to those with reservations.
Desert Rose Great-tailed Grackle Matt Lupine
Chinese Tea Rose Great-tailed Grackle Mat Lupine
Owens River Gorge Hike to see Bank Bank Swallow site
Owens River Gorge
Hike to see Bank Swallows
Bank Swallow site
Please include the following information when you send in your reservation for this trip:

Your phone number
Your email address
2-way radio - do you have one?
Your signed trip waiver - Eastern Sierra Trip Waiver

Additional Information: additional info will be forthcoming

Bird List with locations (2014 trip)
Bird List from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 trips
Lou Murray's Blog with photos of the 2013 trip
Trip Information
Motel information
A Trip Itinerary will be provided to those with reservations
Weather forecasts for the Owens Valley: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=CAZ520

Deer at Crowley Lake
Mule Deer at Crowley Lake
Leader: Vic Leipzig
Reservations: Nancy Kenyon; 949-786-3160;
This page was updated 2/9/17



Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963