Sierra Valley

Portola, California

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Sierra Valley is an unusual place—a vast, high mountain valley rimmed with forested mountains. The valley floor is not completely flat, but is slightly undulating, creating expanses of marsh alternating with sagebrush. It is not quite Great Basin country, and not quite mountain country, but shares characteristics of both regions. Specialty birds: Resident—Black-billed Magpie. Summer—White-faced Ibis, Cinnamon Teal, Sandhill Crane, Mountain Bluebird, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird. Winter—Ferruginous Hawk. 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.
Birding Northern California

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Birding Northern California

by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)

Sierra Valley is an unusual place—a vast, high mountain valley rimmed with forested mountains. The valley floor is not completely flat, but is slightly undulating, creating expanses of marsh alternating with sagebrush. It is not quite Great Basin country, and not quite mountain country, but shares characteristics of both regions. Specialty birds: Resident—Black-billed Magpie. Summer—White-faced Ibis, Cinnamon Teal, Sandhill Crane, Mountain Bluebird, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird. Winter—Ferruginous Hawk. 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.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Portola
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April through June.
Local Contacts: Sierraville Ranger District.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Sierra Valley

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May 2018