Friday, April 16, 2010

Tanager and Waterfalls

Tom Steinstra had a nice article on Yosemite's waterfalls in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday. It's very true that things are picking up, though recent cool weather has held the river volume to below average. Peak flow may be later and higher than average, though many variables over the next 6-8 weeks will affect what we actually get. The river has a long way to come up yet.
Heard then saw my first 2010 western tanager at the Yosemite Association office in El Portal this afternoon. The neotropicals are arriving in the live oak canopy. Nice birdwalk yesterday in the Valley, with many highlights including four kinds of woodpeckers. Shortly after we finished, ranger Karen Amstutz added two more woodpecker species. Join me every Monday and Thursday at 8 a.m. through May.

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