Lava Beds 2005

Redwood Region Ornithological Society Field Trip to Lava Beds National Monument and Surrounding Area, California
June 24-26, 2005

Birds (145 species):  Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Ring-necked Pheasant, Mountain Quail, California Quail, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Tern, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Barn Owl, Flammulated Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Common Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, Vaux's Swift, White-throated Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Acorn Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Dusky Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Cassin's Vireo, Gray Jay, Steller's Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Pinyon Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Juniper/Oak Titmouse, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, American Robin, Sage Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, Purple Finch, Cassin's Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, House Sparrow.

Bird nests:  Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Forster's Tern, Great Horned Owl, Western Wood-Pewee, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Bullock's Oriole.

Mammals:  American Pika, Mountain Cottontail, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Muskrat, Douglas's Squirrel, California Ground Squirrel, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, Chipmunk sp., California Kangaroo Rat, Bat sp., Coyote, Raccoon, American Badger, Mule Deer.

Reptiles and Amphibians:  Western Pond Turtle, Western Fence Lizard, Gopher Snake, Western Rattlesnake, Bullfrog.

Butterflies:  Pale Swallowtail, Checkered White, Orange Sulphur, Purplish Copper, Behr's Hairstreak, Square-spotted Blue, Acmon/Lupine Blue, Fritillary sp., Northern Checkerspot, Variable Checkerspot, California Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloak, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, West Coast Lady, Common Buckeye, Lorquin's Admiral, Common Ringlet, Small Wood-Nymph, Monarch, Grass Skipper sp.

Mt. Shasta from Grass Lake

Clouds of these along State Line Road

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge from State Line Road

Watching Purple Martins and Violet-green Swallows flying to and from their nests in a collapsed lava tube


Acmon or Lupine Blue

Variable Checkerspot

Sage Thrasher carrying food to nest

Gopher Snake

Petroglyph Cliff

Calliope Hummingbird near Mammoth Crater

Square-spotted Blue

Moth attracted to camp light

The view south from near Glass Mountain

Bach's Downingia     Downingia bacigalupii

Bank Swallow colony at Fall River Mills

Burney Falls

Alan Wight
Sonoma County, California

All Photos © 2005 Alan Wight