I visited the Pyramid Lake Willows and Delta today, as well as the
Bonham Ranch about 20 miles north of The Willows.
The Willows had quite a number of birds, but nothing out of the
ordinary. The only warblers were Yellow-rumped, Yellow, and
Orange-crowned. My first batch of Ruby-crowned Kinglets for the season.
Bewick's Wrens singing vigorously. One Northern Flicker, one American
Kestrel, four Spotted Towhees, five Red-breasted Nuthatches (these are
staging a major irruption all over the place), a Song Sparrow, several
White-crowned Sparrows, one American Robin, and a couple of Common
The Delta had very few shorebirds, but one Pectoral was there, my first
for Pyramid this fall. Only other shorebirds were a few Least and
Western Sandpipers, Killdeer, and one unidentified Dowitcher.
The abandoned Bonham Ranch had two surprises, one of which was a bird,
the other not. The bird was a female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER. What a
strange place to see that! The other surprise is that the derelict
building and adjacent vegetation had burned since my previous trip up
there. The building was completely leveled.
Red-breasted Nuthatches were here. Other species included Loggerhead
Shrike, Spotted Towhee, Northern Harrier, Great Blue Heron, Northern
Flicker, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common
Yellowthroat, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged and Brewer's Blackbird,
Barn Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a couple of Warbling Vireos, and a
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