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Cease 9 – Cottonwood Canyon – Reflections of the Pure World



By Jim Achieve
Rosy-Finch Rendezvous Birding Journey Collection


This morning’s route was going to take us away from the Sierra Nevada panorama and into the Nice Basin and Vary geography that dominates a lot of Nevada and Utah.

Inventive Commons Picture by KMusser

At this time’s goal birds had been species resembling Juniper Titmouse, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Pinyon Jay and different desert-type birds. We had barely pulled off the Pole Line Rd onto Cottonwood Canyon Rd once I heard the mechanical tinkling calls of Black-throated Sparrows. We noticed a number of over the primary couple of miles.

Black-throated Sparrow

A Pink-tailed Hawk was not in the slightest degree involved by us as we slowly drove previous it.

Pink-tailed Hawk

As we received out to {photograph} the hawk, I might hear distant Pinyon Jays within the not too distant hills and a few singing Brewer’s Sparrows hiding within the sage. Quickly one in every of a number of Lazuli Buntings made an look, posing shut sufficient and lengthy sufficient to snap an honest photograph.

Lazuli Bunting

As we paused on the highway at a spot subsequent to the creek with a superb stand of willows, I heard a unique warbler singing close by. I finished and scanned the willows, not discovering the warbler. Nevertheless it was loud and relentless and really close by us. I lastly noticed it, not within the willows, however 40 toes above us on the phone line.

Low and behold, it was a MacGillivray’s Warbler and he was placing on fairly a present.

GEEZ! How Shut Can it Get?

I admit that I made a playback name from my Sibley’s Hen App and it got here right down to examine us out, touchdown proper subsequent to us. Utilizing the automobile as our blind, we took dozens of photos whereas the chook made positive that we knew that this was his territory. Sometimes, this species is a skulker, staying hidden amongst low shrubs and bushes. This man was not shy in any respect and gave us the very best Kodak moments I ever had with this species.

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Retaining our go to as quick as doable we moved on and the chook instantly flew again as much as the wire to proceed its buzzy tune as if nothing had occurred. Subsequent up had been a number of Inexperienced-tailed Towhees, each singing from a unique snag, in barely completely different spots. One popped up off to our facet and promptly started singing its coronary heart out.

Inexperienced-tailed Towhee
Inexperienced-tailed Towhee
Inexperienced-tailed Towhee

Quickly we stumbled on a nice-looking chook field that had a child Mountain Bluebird peeking out.


Instantly first one grownup, after which one other took turns bringing in snacks for junior.

Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird

We arrived at a very wealthy vegetative spot alongside the creek and noticed what I first thought was a Dusky Flycatcher, however additional evaluation of the enlarged photographs confirmed that it was a Willow Flycatcher.

Willow Flycatcher

Subsequent Cease: Bodie State Park




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