Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 September 2016

Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows 

July 11 2012

Highway 108 and road to Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

6278 feet of elevation.

Western Tanager along Highway 108 corridor.

Trail Guide
Kennedy Meadows Pack Station to Relief Reservoir

Kennedy Meadows & Sonora Pass TYT-PCT Backpacking Map


Kennedy Meadows Pack Station:
Long and Local Backpacker Resources


High Sierra Bird Reference

Handy picture-list of Sierra Birds


One of the delightful things about hitch-hiking to my trailheads, besides the cool local folks I meet, are the opportunities to sit quietly on a sweet spot high in the High Sierra and watch the dramas  of the local wildlife unfold around me.

This Western Tanager was not much concerned with my presence, if even aware I was there at all. Much more important things were transpiring in his aerial domain.

A wheeling flock of tiny Tanagers was swirling around performing some type of evolving social reality on the "wing," so to speak. The tiny tempest, a storm of Western Tanagers moved down the meadow-side canopy along Highway 108, moving out of my view as quickly as they had entered.

I was lucky to get this shot. When I took it the bird above was watching all his fellows, talking some shit right back at them, and rapidly flying from branch to branch and tree to tree in reaction to the movements of the rest of the swirling little flock..

Post up more information about Western Tanagers below, birds in this forum, and add your observations and identifications to the High Sierra Bird & the Living Things Forum, and Keep Me Posted!

Happy Trails !

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