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Yuba State Park (incl. Sevier Bridge Reservoir)

posted by Tim Avery at
on Friday, March 14, 2014 

Yuba State Park from Google Street View


Description:
Yuba State Park is comprised of a number of specific birding locations that include: Sevier Bridge Reservoir, Oasis Campground, Painted Rocks, and the Yuba Lake at the South End.  The main feature of the park is Sevier Bridge Reservoir, the easiest section of the lake to look for birds.  The surrounding hills are mostly shrubsteppe with some Pinyon-Juniper habitat as well.  The Oasis Campground is a migrant trap in an otherwise treeless landscape.

Birding:
COMMON LOON and rafts of WESTERN GREBES are often seen here during migration.  Decent numbers of waterfowl use the lake, with divers in the deeper areas, and lots of dabblers in the shallows.  The shrubsteppe surrounding hill are good for SAGE THRASHER, LARK SPARROW, BREWER'S SPARROW, HORNED LARK, and occasionally VESPER SPARROW.  ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, PINYON JAY, and BEWICK'S WREN have all been observed here.  The riparian areas attract a variety of migrants, including the usual warblers, WESTERN TANAGER, empids, and other songbirds.  Notable sightings form here include a November TRUMPETER SWAN and PACIFIC LOON.

Directions:
From I-15 north of Scipio, take Exit 202 South/East about 2 miles to the reservoir on your left.  You can continue south along the west side of the lake, or go east to points on the north and east side of the reservoir. Alternatively, from the south and the town of Scipio, take I-15 exit 188 and go west/north towards the gas station.  Turn right on to the Frontage Road and go 3.9 miles.  There will be "underpass"  to your right that goes under I-15, turn here and go 5.7 miles to the reservoir on your right.

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