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Sierra Valley Field Trip

May 12-14 2019, I drove up to Portola, CA to visit my long time friend Burnell, and to spend a couple of days exploring the Sierra Valley, a high elevation Alpine meadow, and its spring time revery. Here are a few pictures capturing the splendid view.
The sounds and smells were also inspirational and refreshing.
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Lots of Vernal Pools and wetlands in the Valley this spring.

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Near "Island Ranch". The house is just above water surrounded by seasonal wetland.

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Yellow Headed Black Bird, looking for love.

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White Face Ibis in all its iridescent glory.

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White Face Ibis Rookery. There had to be at least 400 birds in sight. They build raised nests made of sticks sitting above the damp ground. . The boys would fly accross the road to colleect a prime stick to offer the female for her nest.

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Raven Nest topping a corral entry gate. Male and Female switching off nest and food duty. No little heads poping up yet….

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Osprey Nest, Male and Female switcing off nest duty.

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Red Wing Black Bird… Showing off those colors!

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Tree Swallow. I also saw Barn Swallows.

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