Flame skimmer/L. saturata?
Some sort of larval insect in the hot springs. They water was quite hot.
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla), Bridgeport Reservoir, Mono County, California - 26 August 2014. Probably a hatch-year bird. Linked to eBird checklist: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19582238
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor), Bridgeport Reservoir, Mono County, California - 26 August 2014. Swarms of these birds were foraging over the reservoir this morning. Linked to eBird checklist: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19582303
Mountain Cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii, Nuttall's Cottontail), Bridgeport Reservoir boat ramp area, Mono County, California - 26 August 2014.
And then, just across from my motel, I observed another roosting for the night in willow. A full, southerly migration in view.
So bizarre. I'd just run into Robert Michael Pyle, author of "Chasing Monarchs: the Butterflies of Passage" swinging his net outside of town. Then this was the next species I saw.
Saw another one minutes later. Southerly migration in full display no doubt on the Eastern side of the Sierras here...,
Laws Sierra Guide refers to the orange spots on the abdomen...
Saw the Saltgrass in the vacant lot next to the motel...
Ran into Robert Michael Pyle ( Godfather of American Butterflying) and Ken Davenport. Ken keyed this to the subspecies out here.