Monday, November 21, 2011

Donner Lake in winter

Nov.21st Donner Lake

I had a little time in the morning before skiing, so I decided to take a short hike.  I arrived at the East end of Donner lake at 7:30am.  It was 19 degrees!  Just as the sun rose, fog developed on the water, producing an eerie, mystical scene filled with bird life.  Within the span of 15 minutes I saw, ducks, geese, gulls, and Egrets.  The real reward was to witness a low pass from a Bald Eagle.  The eagles are regular inhabitants of Donner Lake, but I've never seen one fly silently out of the mist. 

If you have a little time to spend, try walking to the East end of the lake for a little bird watching. You can park on Donner Pass Road near the East Beach day use area to avoid the State Park fee.  It's only a 100 yard walk through the trees to the beach.

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