YLP’s many feathered friends did not disappoint, as a group led by an Audubon Society official took a Bird Walk on Tuesday, April 9 around Blue Heron Lake. YLP resident Debbie Shaw arranged for Robert Snow, president of the Fresno Audubon Society, to lead the excursion. Following is her email exchange with Snow after the walk. We appreciate and thank her for sharing!

Here is Robert Snow’s email he sent after our bird walk this morning . There were around 30 people who showed up. It was a beautiful morning with interesting facts about our feathered friends. He admired our big slash piles along the lake, stating they are useful wildlife habitat.Thank you for posting his email. I think our residence will enjoy the names of the birds we saw today.

Debbie Shaw

Hi Debbie,

I’m glad your group enjoyed it. I especially liked having the children there. And thank you for raising $109 for our education program. We’ll use this towards our fountain purchase for the River Center bird garden.

Here’s today’s checklist. There were more species (24) than it seemed as we were walking.

30250 Yosemite Springs Pkwy, Coarsegold US-CA (37.1866,-119.7701), Madera, California, US
Apr 9, 2019 7:57 AM – 9:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.367 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear, moderate wind, 55° to 61°.   Fresno Audubon Society led Yosemite Lakes walk.
24 species

Canada Goose  20
Mallard  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  2
Anna’s Hummingbird  3
American Coot  25
Killdeer  2
Turkey Vulture  12
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Acorn Woodpecker  5
Black Phoebe  3
Common Raven  15
Tree Swallow  20
Violet-green Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  1
Oak Titmouse  2
Bushtit  4
American Robin  1
European Starling  8
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s)  3
Great-tailed Grackle  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  2
House Sparrow  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54754726