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Plumas County
all photos & text by Don Roberson
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White-faced Ibis
22 June 2006 in Sierra Valley
Plumas County is a medium-sized county toward the State's northeastern border. It is primarily mountainous in the swelter of ranges between the north end of the Sierra Nevada and the growing Cascades to the north and has a variety of wooded habitats from oaks to firs. Lake Almanor is a major presence in northern Plumas County; in the southeast the county takes in the northern half or so of Sierra Valley. This is a lightly populated area the primary towns are Quincy and Chester and it relies on the summer tourist dollars to some extent. Plumas County was created in 1854 from the eastern two-thirds of then-existing Butte County.
    County birding statistics and links are on Joe Morlan's site. Helen Green's Guide to northern Plumas birding is also on Joe's web site.
    For Plumas County I rather like this flight shot of a White-faced Ibis, flying over Sierra Valley with the snow-capped mountains in the background. Other nice birds from Plumas include this bird-in-habitat" shot of a Marsh Wren (below right; 19 June 1999 in Sierra Valley) and a singing Townsend's Solitaire atop a tall fir near Humboldt Peak on the Plumas-Butte border (this bird was in Plumas but I was standing in Butte to take the shot).
For a scenic photo, I've chosen this lovely meadow-with-aspens scene near Ruffa Ridge in western Plumas (20 June 2006). Almost the entire county is in montane forest, meadow, or lake.
All photos & text © 2006 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.

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