|The start. Haiwee Pass is the shallow|
indentation on the right side of the far ridgeline
There were still a few late season lower elevation flowers on the canyon edges.
|Springs on the approach to the pass|
|Jeffrey pines and firs near the pass|
We continued on to the pass finally reaching Jeffrey pines and even a few firs just below. This elevation added the expected montane species including Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Steller's Jay and Clark's Nutcracker. It was along this section that we recorded both pacific and interior races of White-breasted Nuthatch based on distinctive differences in call notes. Not sure what's going on there - was one a migrant and the other a resident bird? There is much to learn about these subspecies.
At the pass we had lunch and admired the view down to the south fork of the Kern River and back to the Owen's Valley 4,000 feet below.
|View west from Haiwee Pass to the south fork Kern River|
|View east to Owens Valley, Inyo, Argus and Panamint Mountains|