. . .is pretty quiet right now. At least East Pinery Road was almost dead, even though it was a beautiful morning and viewing conditions were excellent. I've run into this before in our mountains, but it was a little frustrating. The only Montane species I found at East Pinery Road was a heard-only Mountain Chickadee. Even the oak woodland/chaparral birds were pretty quiet. I turned up only one Fox Sparrow (Sooty). The usual "Fox Sparrow city" at the end of the keyhole was also dead.
I ate lunch at the Sawmill Basin (Tunnell Road) and there was a little more activity there, but again from only Oak Woodland species, though I did hear three times a Steller's Jay call.
Thanks to all who replied to my request for info abut the road conditions. They are O.K. but there are new large boulders at the road edge in a couple of places that have to be negotiated carefully. Also some new downed trees.
I check out the mountain again in a few weeks.
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