Friday, June 05, 2009

Modoc, Lassen Counties and the Warner Mountains

UPDATE: On June 28, Dan Singer reported the confirmation of the Eastern Kingbirds at Blue Lake (see below) are breeding and that he obtained photos of one bird sitting on a nest.

Black and White Warbler on Jess Valley Rd., Modoc County

Took a trip up to the northeastern corner of California for birds, butterflies, and odonates with Bruce Webb on June 1st and 2nd. The weather cooperated the first day but was not so conducive to flying bugs the second day. Highlights were several Great Basin Snaketails and Gray Sanddragons on the creek at Zamboni Hot Springs, a single River Jewelwing on the Susan River in Johnstonville, a BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER singing along Jess Valley Rd (approx 7.3 miles east of Likely, Modoc County), 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS at Blue Lake (Lassen County), and a pair of Bald Eagles feeding a large eaglet in a nest (also at Blue Lake.

Eastern Kingbird at Blue Lake

Eastern Kingbird flying overhead showing the notched primaries and white terminal band on the tail well.

Distant shot showing both kingbirds.

One of many Tree Swallows

A pair of Mountain Bluebirds were a nice addition to the list at Blue Lake

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