Bird & Nature Watching
Excerpted from Northern Plumas County Guide to Birding by Helen Green, Dan Airola
Butt Valley Reservoir: the road to the reservoir is about 8 miles south on Hwy. 89 from junction with Hwy. 36: nesting cormorants, Bald Eagle, Osprey, diving and dabbling ducks, American Dipper (Butt Creek)
Domingo Springs: is reached by driving north from Chester from the Fire Station (opposite First St.) following signs to Drakesbad. At the Drakesbad junction take the left fork and continue on to Domingo Springs. It is about 8 miles from Chester. Mt. Quail, Goshawk, N. Pygmy-Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, kinglets, dipper, warblers, finches are all possible at Domingo. Or, take the right fork to Drakesbad which is also good birding.
Bailey Creek Road (10 Road): go east from Chester to A13 (about 5 miles). Turn left. Go a very short distance and turn left again. You will cross over Bailey Creek. In about 1/4 miles turn right and you are on Rd. 10, a dirt road: higher elevation forest birds including the uncommon Williamson's Sapsucker, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Gray Jay.
Also in Northern Plumas County
Round Valley: (make a loop from Hwy. 89 south of Greenville by driving east on A22 toward Taylorsville, north, then back to Hwy. 89 on Stampfli Lane (good for your Black-billed Magpie if you haven't found it elsewhere, and other lower el. birds).
Quincy Sewage Ponds: These will be on your left as you approach Quincy from the north on Hwy. 70. Good place for Black Phoebe. Worth checking for migrants.