|Looking west in the Sierra Valley from Dyson Lane.|
|Looking north from Dyson Lane.|
|Looking west on Dyson Lane.|
Sierra Valley is famous for its raptors, and traveling Dyson Lane, which transects the valley, is a favorite route to find them. We had around thirty Western Red-tails, including several dark phase birds, a few Northern Harriers, a few Ferruginous Hawks, and some Kestrels. Prairie Falcons, Golden and Bald Eagles, and Rough-legged Hawks are also regular here. Black-billed Magpies and Mountain Bluebirds are often perched on the fenceposts.
|Irrigated hay fields are bird-rich.|
|Pyramid Lake is named for the triangular island on the left.|
|This immature White-crowned Sparrow was more cooperative.|
|Trust me, it was a Savannah Sparrow. : )|
And so I got my Great Basin and Sierra Nevada fix at last. The stark beauty, the scent of the sagebrush and the feel of the wind got into my blood again, and for a few days after we came home, home seemed strange. But the jet lag has worn off, and the local scenes provide me with fixes of another sort - images like these reminding me of why home is the most amazing place of all.
|Paw Paw Water Tower|
|Halloween House, Paw Paw|
|Briggs' Pond in Fall Dress|