Crystal Basin Professional Review and Guide
"Crystal Basin is an attractive area. About half of the basin is in private hands, a legacy of railroad-building days. Sacramento Municipal Utility District (known familiarly as SMUD) has three reservoirs in the basin (Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir, and Loon Lake). In winter the main roads are kept open by SMUD, except during major storms when they may be closed. Tire chains are advisable in the mountains in winter. Specialty birds: Resident—Bald Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Blue Grouse, Mountain Quail, White-headed Woodpecker, Townsend’s Solitaire. Summer—Osprey; Calliope Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Hammond’s Flycatcher; Cassin’s Vireo; Hermit, Black-throated Gray, and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Green-tailed Towhee; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."