Regional Birding Hotspots

By Friends & Neighbors March 15, 2016 13:23
The Turners using a spotting scope

John Turner looks on as wife Sandra uses a spotting scope

This list was included in our Spring 2016 story, “Birders of a Feather.” 

Tuolumne County

  1. Groveland Community Services District Wastewater Treatment Plant
  2. Yosemite National Park (Tuolumne Meadows, Hodgdon Meadow, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Poopenaut Valley, White Wolf Campground)
  3. Cherry Lake Road
  4. Pinecrest Lake
  5. Rock River Road (from Willms Road via Knights Ferry or from Green Springs Road off Highway 108)
  6. Phoenix Lake
  7. Don Pedro Reservoir (Moccasin Creek)
  8. Tulloch Reservoir (access from westbound Highway 108)
  9. Red Hills Road (Chinese Camp to La Grange Road)
  10. Confidence Trail area

Calaveras County

  1. Salt Springs Valley Reservoir (northwest of Copperopolis, along Rock Creek Road)
  2. Camanche Reservoir (south shore and trout ponds, Camanche Parkway South off Highway 12, near Wallace)
  3. Hunt Road/Rock Creek Road/Salt Springs loop
  4. Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  5. Copperopolis Pond
  6. New Hogan Reservoir (south of Valley Springs)
  7. White Pines Lake and Park (Arnold)
  8. Pardee Reservoir (south end, off Sandretto Road, north of Valley Springs)
  9. Ross Reservoir (west of Murphys off Murphys Grade Road)
  10. Milton Road (near Jenny Lind)

Amador County

  1. Ione Wastewater Treatment Plant
  2. Camanche Reservoir (north shore, south of Ione)
  3. Tonzi Road (west of Amador City)
  4. Pardee Reservoir (off Stony Creek Road, southwest of Jackson)
  5. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (Pine Grove)
  6. Electra Road (along North Fork Mokelumne River, east of Highway 49)
  7. Silver Lake (Highway 88, west of Kirkwood)
  8. Goffinet Reservoir (Sutter-Ione Road)
  9. Ellis Road (upcountry toward Bear River Reservoir)
  10. Brickyard Road (Ione, south of Howard Park)

Source for this list is Find more suggestions online at

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By Friends & Neighbors March 15, 2016 13:23
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