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Rare Bird Strays From Sierra

A bird more associated with the peaks above the Mother Lode may have strayed far from home.

Birders and biologists are trying to confirm two reports of a California condor near Alcova Reservoir in Capser, Wyoming. Two people reported seeing the giant scavengers near the reservoir recently, but Bruce Dudley, of the Audubon Center at Garden Creek, says nothing has yet been confirmed.

Once numbering in the thousands, California condors are recovering after their population fell to just a couple dozen in the early 1980s.

Most remain in the steep slopes and cliffs of California, but biologists say its possible the condor migrated.