Sunday, June 13, 2010

Roadtrip Photos

You may have noticed that my previous post about my road trip last week lacked bird photos. Well, here they are! Enjoy!

Whoops, that's not a bird--but it's still a really cool find! It's a San Emigdio Blue, which has a very restricted range. Tim had a secret cluster of the staked out near the local grape juice place.

"Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow

Red-breasted Nuthatch--these guys were delightfully common in the mountains!

Hermit Warbler

Another butterfly, one of my favorites: California Sister

Though it was allegedly a birding trip, we spent a lot of time hunting down insects as well. Several stops along the Kern River produced massive numbers of puddling butterflies, some of which Tim got very friendly with.

Pileated Woodpecker. We saw several of these, including one in the Greenhorn Mountains, which is the southernmost location where this species occurs in the West.

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Lark Sparrow

Sage Sparrow

White-headed Woodpecker--always a crowd-pleaser!

Our first night of owling only produced a single screech-owl, but our second night netted us a gorgeous Northern Saw-whet Owl. It completely compensated for the two a.m. wake up time!

Williamson's Sapsucker was one of Tim's top target birds for the trip. After spending an entire afternoon failing to find one, we were overjoyed to find several drumming males as well as this female the next morning.

Garter snake.

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