Tioga Pass and Virginia Lakes 07/10/06

At 8:15am this morning I finally had the 2 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches right underneath the “green bridge” just east of Ellery Lake (Tioga Pass Rd). There also was a Wilson’s Warbler in this area. In the afternoon at around 2pm, I hit paydirt at Virginia Lakes: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches everywhere!!! In particular, there were about 6 in the upper portion of Trumbull Lake CG off sites 3 and 5 (feeding in the woods!) and 1 flying through about 100 yds lower; 3 were at the feeder at the restaurant/store; 1 poking around the snow patches on the access road to the summer homes at the Virginia Lakes trailhead.Other birds near VL included:
– 5 Red Crossbills feeding on the ground near sites 4 and 6 of Trumbull Lake CG.
– Dusky Flycatcher (at VL trailhead)
– Lots Green-tailed Towhees, Brewer’s Sparrows and Mountain Bluebirds along the road up to the lakes.