ESLT had a spectacular day of birding this past Saturday at Black Lake in the Adobe Valley. This remote private lake is in the process of being permanently preserved so that everyone can enjoy its natural, biological and scenic features for perpetuity. We saw 26 different bird species while walking the banks of the lake and enjoyed a lull in the recent windy weather! It was wonderful to have members of Eastern Sierra Audubon along to help with seeing and identifying birds. Thank you to: Larry Nahm, Chris Howard, Bill Mitchel, and Kathy Duvall.

The group saw a number of Yellow-headed Blackbirds pictured below. In addition to these little critters, we saw the Northern Shoveler, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Avocet, and lots of Cinnamon Teal.

We had some great scopes with which to view the birds, making identification much easier.

We even caught glimpses of the beginning of blooming season at Black Lake. These dwarf Hesperochirons (Hesperochiron pumilus) were quite a pleasant surprise.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the field trip. We hope we will have many more outings and special birding opportunities on this remarkable land. There is so much to learn and explore and enjoy at Black Lake.