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Cease 5 – Sierra Lodge at Mammoth Lakes – Reflections of the Pure World


By Jim Achieve
Rosy-Finch Rendezvous Birding Journey Collection

6/14/2022

Whereas I used to be ready for Wealthy to refill the ice chest, I wandered exterior of our parking storage to take a photograph of our lodge, the Sierra Lodge, with the magnificent backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. I crossed the road to get the most effective angle and instantly received distracted by the chatter of a Pygmy Nuthatch that was flitting across the timber proper subsequent to our lodge. I yelled to Wealthy to seize his digicam and we proceeded to comply with not one, however two Pygmy Nuthatches as they bounced round in fixed motion between the timber on either side of the street.

Pygmy Nuthatch

After which it occurred, one in all them flew full-speed into the aspect of the lodge. Nicely, not truly into the strong siding, reasonably, right into a neat little completely drilled cavity in its aspect.

They’d a nest within the aspect of the lodge actually 20 ft from our balcony. One in every of them emerged from the outlet with a strong piece of egg shell.

Pygmy Nuthatch

As we watched the nuthatch, an inquisitive Yellow-rumped Warbler flew down from the timber and landed on the bottom proper subsequent to us.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

We packed up and headed to our subsequent stops, returning at lunch to test on the nuthatches and took a pair extra images of them exhausting at work feeding their infants.

Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch

Subsequent Cease: Wildrose Canyon at Glass Mountains.

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