HI BIRDERS, the scene is slowly changing each day on my daily trips up the
? Sunday, August 4, 2002
Mourning hike up to the cinder pit in the Virginia Range.
Duration: 8:30 to 9:40 am
Weather: bright sunny morning, no clouds, no wind and some smoke from the
fires in California.
Observer: Jack Walters
Comments: I didn't see any snakes this morning, but saw two fresh tracks
crossing over the road at different locations.
1. Sage Sparrow They are bunching up in larger flocks. A flock of 20+
was roving up the mountain.
2. Black-throated Sparrow They are still in family groups of five or six
3. Say's Phoebe 1
4. Golden Eagle Third year
5. Cooper's Hawk 4 There was one adult and three immatures, and
they were perched on rocks above the road. There are plenty of birds and
lizards for them to eat.
6. Gray Flycatcher 1
7. Spotted Towhee 1
9. Rock Wren 2
10. House Finch 4
11. Western Kingbird 2 The migration has started for them, for
I have noticed a number of them in the sagebrush the last few days.
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