|South Warner Mountains, a view from Dorris Reservoir|
Coordinates: 41.461836, -120.508371
Length:About 1 mile
Spring break gave us a long enough vacation time to explore a bit of Modoc County. Specifically - the Alturas and the South Warner Wilderness area, at the northeastern end of California. After a great bloom time by Oroville be headed north,stopping once for a lovely hike at Burney Falls (of which I'll post later this summer), ending that day in Alturas. At that point we learned that a weather system that wasn't predicted at the time we left home was also making its way to Alturas. But we still had a couple of nice days ahead of the weather and we made the best of them. I think.
The first place we wanted to see was the Modoc National Wildlife Area, just south of Alturas. We missed a turn and went south on 395 a few miles and while we stopped to figure out where we were we spotted a pronghorn roaming the fields west of the road.
|A primrose field at Dorris Reservoir|
|Tansy Leaf Evening Primrose (Taraxia tanacetifolia)|
A few other ephemerals splashed some lively color on the otherwise drab lakeside.
|Tufted Phlox (Phlox caespitosa)|
|Common Starlily (Leucocrinum montanum)|
The water was low and most of the vegetation still brown and drab. Sandhill cranes were everywhere, in small groups or couples.
|A nesting Sandhill Crane|
|Modoc NWR, a view west|
|Horned Grebe, breeding adult|
|Eared Grebe, breeding adult|