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Directions: From Clovis, take Highway 168 north to the town of Shaver Lake. Continue past town to Camp Edison (fee required), which is on the right side of the road. Inside the camp, go to lake. Driving time: about one hour from Fresno.
About the area: In spring and summer, Camp Edison is good for nesting warblers (especially McGillivray's, Yellow, Hermit, and Townsend's), woodpeckers (especially White-headed and Pileated), flycatchers, Mountain Quail.
Dinkey Creek Road (Swanson Meadow)
Directions: From Clovis take Highway 168 north to the town of Shaver Lake. Turn right on Dinkey Creek Road, and drive about five miles to the large meadows just past Camp Chawanakee. Park in turnout on right. Driving time: about one hour from Fresno.
About the area: Meadows are good for warblers, Cassin's and Purple Finch, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Quail, woodpeckers, owls (including an occasional Great Gray). You can walk quite a distance away from the road in either direction. Keep in mind that the meadows can be quite wet at certain times of year.