YOSEMITE AREA AUDUBON SOCIETY

Submitted by Matt Matthiessen

 

Five fearless dragon hunters took part in the dragonfly field trip on June 10 at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. The morning started out cool but after an hour the sun came out and it warmed up enough for dragons to begin flying. We saw a total of 14 species including great looks and photo ops of perched individuals. If you couldn’t join us you missed a fun morning. Hopefully you can make it next summer.

Odonates:
Familiar Bluet
Pacific Forktail
Northern/Boreal Bluet
Tule Bluet
Western Forktail
Vivid Dancer
Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner
Black Saddlebags
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Western Pondhawk
Flame Skimmer
Common Whitetail
Birds:
Anna’s Hummingbird
Mourning Dove
Lesser Goldfinch
Bullock’s Oriole
Great Blue Heron
Black Phoebe
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Kingbird
Ash-throated Flycatcher

 

Green-tailed Towhee
Photo Credit: Vern Johnson

 

Wawona Species List – 06/03/2017

Turkey  Vulture
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood Peewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Butterflies:

California Sister
Lorquan’s Admiral
Indra Swallowtail
California Tortoiseshell
Propertius Duskywing

Dragonflies:
Common Whitetail
Cardinal Meadowhawk

 

 

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Thanks to Pete Devine of the Yosemite Conservancy for a great field trip to Foresta in Yosemite. This is one of our Sierra’s resident owls, the diminutive Northern Pygmy-Owl, seen in Foresta on 5/20/17.

 

 

 

 

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Interpretive Bird Banding Dates
Wednesday, June 21 @ Hodgdon Meadow
Friday, June 30 @ Big Meadow
Monday, July 3 @ Crane Flat Meadow
Thursday, July 13 @ Crane Flat Meadow
Friday, July 21 @ Hodgdon Meadow
Wednesday, August 2 @ Crane Flat Meadow

You are invited to spend a morning experiencing Yosemite’s birds as part of Yosemite’s Legacy Songbird Banding Program. You will see “science in action” and learn to identify lots of different bird species up-close. You will tour mist-nets, watch a bird banding demonstration, learn some bird identification techniques, and discuss the importance of bird conservation. You will learn why bird banding is so important for protecting birds and their habitats in Yosemite.

Where/When
At 6:30 am, meet a biologist from Yosemite… Continue reading

DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2017

MEET: Yosemite Conservancy office, 5020 El Portal Rd. by the post office and the historic trains in El Portal. We can use the bathroom there and there’s a shop nearby if people need coffee, gas or supplies. Foresta has no restrooms or services.

TIME: 7:45a

Join us for our Spring outing to Foresta in Yosemite NP, aka Big Meadow.  We will begin in El Portal and make stops along the Merced River corridor to look for Peregrine Falcons and Black Swifts.  We’ll spend most of our time afoot in Foresta looking for woodpecker species, raptors, dippers, swifts and warblers, covering approximately 2 miles of remarkably diverse habitats. We’ll carpool into the park. Yosemite Conservancy will supply entrance fee waivers.  Approximate end time is 1-1:30p back in El Portal.

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