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Carmen Valley
Plumas, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 39.65, -120.4882 Map

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Equipment Notes: Decoded MS stereo. Elevation: 2060 m. Show: LNS Log of DAT #:7 Engineer: Fox Date: BODY MICs .37 Walking, background noise .53 UV Well it's not gonna help because we really don't know. It's not a recap is it? .57 UV No .59 UV We've aged those pretty well a couple of times. 1:02 UV We would say it's a second year verse. Is our opinion. 1.05 UV Can we go with that? 1:10 UV You've got the chart in front of you too so. 1.14 UV I've got it here 1:14 to 1:23 Mumbling 1:23 UV There's just one weird feather and I think it adventitious. Everything else looks six, but uh 1:26 UV Seventeen eleven 1:33 Laughing 1: 51 UV do they bite? 1:53 UV Yes 1:54 UV I bet that bird, he could probably give you a pretty good nip. 1:57 UV Oh yes he could, but I've got him held so he's not even thinking about it now. I just need to weigh him now and then I'll let him go. 2:11 to 2:35 mumbling 2:35 UV The weight was ten point seven 2:38 UV Good memory 2:41 UV Seventy-two eight. Does that sound about right? Here we go 2:46 wings flapping, flying away. bird squawking. 2:48 UV Skull and plummet? Sex is male. 3:10 Birds in background. Squawking and tweeting. 3:51 wind. Birds tweeting. Crackling branches as if being walked on. 4:38 walking, branches crackling underneath. Mumbling and birds in background. 5:15 UV Not doing a lot of moving, right to left, obviously. Doing a lot of up and down plain. 5:27 UV That's good that you're stereo fields change. 5:30 Mumbling voices 5:33 It tend to get a little cooler when all the air comes down from the ridges and you get warm in the morning and then all of a sudden, god it get colder. Like truckies. 5:57 UV Uh, that's um the Argentinean guy, Santiago 6:10 Which way am I going? 6:35 Ernie didn't know that route 6:37 With all of the introductions I didn't get your name. 6:39 Oh, I'm sorry. I'm Shawn. 6:40 Shinwa, I'm Mack. 6:41 Hi Mack. Nice to meet you. I went out the first one earlier. We're gonna do another run here. 6:42 to 7:32 foots steps on crackling branches 7:32 UV So what do you think of our offices Shawn? 7:37 Sh I'd like to come in every day. 7:48 Sh Do you concentrate on one site for a long period of time or do you 7:53 Ma No we have six sites and we do them every ten days, We have to hit the sites once in a ten-day period. 8:19UV There are a lot of warbling berrials(?) today. birds tweeting. And them are breeding conditions so very few of them are 9:04 Sometimes, We must have had ten warbling berrial today. Which is unusual. I know we don't have that many breeding habitats. We've marked nesting territories. It almost gives me the impression that because of this dryness that birds are kinda looking around for another place to live. 10:05 to 10:57 Let me just show you something for the hydrology, how this is drying out. These are all tufts of carex, of sedge, and they are probably the most important plant in keeping the wet lands together cause they have real dense roots and when this dried up you can see sagebrush coming in next to it. And its probably over the last 20 yrs so you have the little mounds where the sheep or whatever have gone through and its eroded but they're still holding onto the roots right there so if we rewater these they'll be able to come back but when you loose that it even makes them harder. If you look out you can see all these little pines. I've been watching them come in for the past nine years, so that's probably about a seven year old pine. And pines only come where it's dry. So you see the vegetation you can kinda see how this place has been drying out and you look at our bird numbers and they've just been dropping. 11:04 birds tweeting 11... (Notes truncated)

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14 May 2010 by David McCartt
14 May 2010 by David McCartt
14 May 2010 by David McCartt