Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring progress

More new snow in Yosemite Valley (see the Ahwahnee Meadow webcam at and the high country. Road crews plowed 4 miles up from Crane Flat through modest snow cover.
Turkey vulture and Pacific slope flycatcher in El Portal. Cassin's vireo and Northern oriole on Monday's birdwalk. Tanager has been heard and seen in El Portal, but I haven't encountered them yet in the Valley.
Bears are increasing their activity throughout the Valley. Mariposa Grove Road will still be closed to cars for a while, though it's open for pedestrians. Shuttles from Wawona to that trailhead will start up in a couple weeks.