Sequoia National Forest
Mountain Quail #1
- A nice surprise as we drove was a covy of Mountain Quail...here the "rear guard" male...
Mountain Quail #2
- ...who made sure the rest of the covy made it to safety before he disappeared.
Western Bluebird #28
- This fledgling Western Bluebird was begging to be fed by his parents...
Western Bluebird #32
- ...here the male watches over us.
Mountain Chickadee #26
- Mountain Chickadees were common throughout the area...
Mountain Chickadee #30
- ...and are naturally curious.
"Western" Brown Creeper #5
- The "western" race of the Brown Creeper may be split out as a separate species.
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco #41
- A portrait of this handsome bird.
Western Tanager #38
- This male Western Tanager was attracted by the other birds and came to check us out...
Western Tanager #39
- ...before moving on.
Green-tailed Towhee #2
- This bird flew all around us trying to see what all the fuss was about.
Black-throated Gray Warbler #10
- The golden lores are a diagnostic field mark for this species.
Hermit Warbler #1
- A small stream attracted many birds for a drink...here a Hermit Warbler...
MacGillivray's Warbler #5
- ...and here a MacGillivray's Warbler...
Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler #31
- ...followed by this stunning male "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler...
Pacific Wren #11
- ...and this inquisitive Pacific Wren.
Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker #16
- This "Red-shafted" Northern Flicker posed for a portrait...
Red-breasted Sapsucker #2
- ...which started a "chain reaction" of Woodpeckers...here a Red-breasted Sapsucker...
Hairy Woodpecker #10
- ...followed by this dusky Hairy Woodpecker...
White-headed Woodpecker #10
- ...and finally the stars of the show...White-headed Woodpeckers.
White-headed Woodpecker #14
- One last look.
Pale Swallowtail #1
- This large butterfly was a common sight near any patch of flowers.
Lodgepole Chipmunk #1
- Another curious forest creature.
Giant Sequoia #2
- The "doorway" on the left side is big enough for a small child to walk through!
Purple Finch #3
- A slow drive up one of the forest roads yielded this female Purple Finch...
Pygmy Nuthatch #7
- ...followed by a small flock of Pygmy Nuthatches...here an adult...
Pygmy Nuthatch #12
- ...and here a juvenile.
White-breasted Nuthatch #12
- Another stop yielded a White-breasted Nuthatch...
Western Wood-Pewee #8
- ...and the ubiquitous Western Wood-Pewee.
Kern River Waterfall #1
- Driving back to Lake Isabella, we stopped along the Kern River to admire this waterfall...
American Dipper #2
- ...and look among the river's boulders for one of my favorite birds...the Dipper...
American Dipper #5
- ...who quickly disappeared behind one of the boulders.
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