Thursday, April 8, 2010

Migrants Arrive in Yosemite

I saw my first Northern Oriole in El Portal last night, starting to sing in a (non-native) deciduous treetop. It hadn't been there for the previous 20 minutes, so I feel like I literally saw it arrive from the tropics to its breeding ground. Yellow-rumped Warblers just started singing in Yosemite Valley today. Flickers and red-wings are singing in the Valley, though Monday's snow temporarily displaced the male blackbirds from their prominent territorial perches in Cook's Meadow. Three turkey vultures soared together a few hundred feet above Cook's Meadow at noon. We very seldom saw vultures in the Valley before five years ago; now they're seen each summer.

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