Bird Watching

The Eastern Sierra is home to a wide variety of birds year-round, while many others migrate through. The birds of the Eastern Sierra offer both the casual and the dedicated birdwatcher a large and diverse population. Nearly 300 species of birds have been identified within the area. Some are year-round residents, others migratory visitors. With a pair of binoculars and a bird identification guide, birding in the Eastern Sierra can be rewarding for a few hours or for a lifetime.

Bird Watching in Mono County

The Eastern Sierra offers dramatic beauty and great birding. Mono County is blessed with an abundance of public land, most of which offers excellent birding. The soaring flight of a Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle may even be witnessed. Just to name a few of the Eastern Sierra birds you will see are the Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Hummingbirds, Mountain Bluebird, Western Tanager, American Goldfinch, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, and the ever popular Steller`s Jay. For up-to-date postings and sightings visit the Eastern Sierra Audubon`s website.

Mono Lake

Mono Lake is the crown jewel when it comes to birding. Mono Lake is a salty, alkaline inland sea home to brine shrimp, alkali flies, and the millions of birds that depend on them. One of the best-known birds is the California Gull. Mono Lake is home to the second largest California Gull rookery in North America (Great Salt Lake is the largest). Approximately 50,000 California Gulls arrive in spring and will feed, mate, select a nest site and lay their eggs. By early fall, most will have migrated back to the coast. If you visit a beach in California and you see a California Gull, there`s a high probability it was born at Mono Lake. Every year in the month of June, the town of Lee Vining hosts a week long event called the "Mono Lake Bird Chautauqua". If you would like to learn more about The Bird Chautauqua, please call the Mono Lake Committee.
Phone: 760-647-6595