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Cease 9 – Cottonwood Canyon – Reflections of the Pure World


By Jim Acquire
Rosy-Finch Rendezvous Birding Journey Sequence


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.

Artistic Commons Picture by KMusser

At this time’s goal birds had been species corresponding to 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 after 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 bought out to {photograph} the hawk, I may hear distant Pinyon Jays within the not too distant hills and a few singing Brewer’s Sparrows hiding within the sage. Quickly one in all 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 street at a spot subsequent to the creek with a great stand of willows, I heard a distinct warbler singing close by. I finished and scanned the willows, not discovering the warbler. But it surely was loud and constant 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 all the way down to examine us out, touchdown proper subsequent to us. Utilizing the automobile as our blind, we took dozens of pictures whereas the chicken made certain 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 perfect Kodak moments I ever had with this species.

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Maintaining our go to as brief as potential we moved on and the chicken instantly flew again as much as the wire to proceed its buzzy track as if nothing had occurred. Subsequent up had been a number of Inexperienced-tailed Towhees, each singing from a distinct snag, in barely completely different spots. One popped up off to our aspect and promptly started singing its coronary heart out.

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

Quickly we came across a nice-looking chicken 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 images confirmed that it was a Willow Flycatcher.

Willow Flycatcher

Subsequent Cease: Bodie State Park



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