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Cease 2 – Virginia Lakes Resort – Reflections of the Pure World

By Jim Achieve
Rosy-Finch Rendezvous Birding Journey Sequence


At a ten,000′ elevation, with a cool temperature of 38 levels, 32 % humidity and brisk winds at 18-20 mph, the relative temperature of round 20 levels made this cease a problem. The parents that handle Virginia Lakes Resort are fairly good at holding a seed feeder and black thistle seed sock well-stocked for all the birds (and visiting birders). As we walked in the direction of the shop, we noticed Cassin’s Finches and Pine Siskins on the seed feeder.

Cassin’s Finch
Pine Siskin

As we received nearer, we might see two Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches flitting between the bottom, the tree and the feeder.

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch
Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch

A brief stroll to the restroom and again confirmed how the altitude at nearly 10,000′ was hitting me large time. I used to be huffing and puffing by the point I received again to the feeders. We chatted with the girl that fills the feeders and she or he commented that the Rosy-Finches have a tendency to come back down from the excessive elevations as soon as the snow has melted. The Cassin’s Finches confirmed no concern and landed as shut as 6 ft from us as they devoured the freshly positioned seed.

Cassin’s Finch

As quickly because the thistle seed sock was stuffed the Pine Siskins rejoined the feeding frenzy.

Pine Siskin

Quickly the commotion drew in a pair of Clark’s Nutcrackers and a lone Darkish-eyed Junco.

Clark’s Nutcracker
Darkish-eyed Junco

There have been additionally some cute Chipmunks and Belding Floor Squirrels, however there have been no squirrel moments for us as WE WERE FOCUSED!

Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the very cool breeze and with our major objective in hand, we took a fast selfie to memorialize the success. Not like our Operation PhotoTrogon journey the place we received our goal chook on the final day of birding, we scored nice, though considerably temporary views of two Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches on our first day!

Jim and Wealthy

2022 BIRD SPECIES #500

*SIDE NOTE: The Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch additionally occurred to be chook species #500 for 2022 for me. Right here’s one other shot of this gorgeous chook.

Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch

Subsequent Cease: Mono Lake County Park



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