SoCal Birding Guides - Yosemite NP

The main reason SoCal birders visit Yosemite is to find a Great Gray Owl, but spring through fall, Great Horned, Spotted, Long-eared, Flammulated, and Northern Pygmy-Owls are all findable. Other specialties include Northern Goshawk, Pine Grosbeak, Blue Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Black Swift. More adventurous birders can climb up to 11,000' without benefit of a trail to look for Himalayan Snowcock or breeding Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.

If you're visiting for the first time, leave enough time in your schedule to drive to Glacier Point for one of the most spectacular views in the world.

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