After the Field Campus, it's down to Sierra Valley for some great birding, then up to Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Somehow work my way over to Monitor pass and down to Bridgeport Reservoir. I'd love to find a Juniper Titmouse spot, but it sounds like maybe that bird is a longshot or will just be too far out to the way. Down to Mono Lake, Mammoth, then south into new territory. In 2011, I rode through Yosemite and birded the east side to the Sierra. I made it as far south as Mono Lake and then up to Bridgeport. This summer, I'm excited to explore the east side south of Mammoth, then Bishop, then south along Highway 395 all the way around the Sierra. I suppose that means I'll be bike through some seriously HOT parts of the state in July, but I'm really hoping to turn up birds like LeConte's Thrasher and Scott's Oriole.
From 395, I'll head south and somehow make my way into the Transverse Range. My friends Scot and Kristin live in the mountains around Frasier Park. I figure by that time, I'll be needing a break from biking and the heat. I'll probably be needing a little company as well after all that time in wide open spaces with just me, the birds, and my bike.
From Scot and Kristin's, I'll head over to San Luis Obispo. I'm still looking into whether or not it is feasible to ride through Carrizo Plain in the summer. I just haven't looked up if there is water available or not.
Morro Bay and then the Big Sur. I'm not sure if I'll add many birds on that last leg home. By mid to late July, things might be getting quiet. Hopefully there will be some surprises that make riding into the wind on the coast for 200 miles worth it. Watsonville, Santa Cruz, then HOME. I'm guessing 2 months on the rode and hopefully tons of great birds. We'll see.
Well, in between now and then, I better get down to Ano Nuevo and look for a Bank Swallow. Hopefully, I'll turn up some Swifts soon too. I saw a Vaux's Swift today at Worley Flat during a May Day festival with all the local naturalists, but I drove to get there. That's a bird I see sometimes only once a season around here. I'm not worried about finding a Yellow Warbler or Western Wood Pewee. I know they'll turn up soon.
As a quick update, I saw an OSPREY lately at Gazos Creek Beach. SWAINSON'S THRUSHES are abundant here at the house now. Lately, I've heard OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS demanding beer (song: "Quick Three Beers") and LAZULI BUNTINGS.