I forgot to mention also that AMERICAN DIPPER were seen both at the campground just east of Sierra City beneath the entrance bridge leading to the campsites and closer to town near the tiny firehouse.
One member of our group also reported seeing a male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER from the road, 6.5 miiles south east of Sierraville on Hwy 89. This area has several wide turnouts where one might be able to park, but it is not advised because the traffic moves quite quickly here. Still, it's an option if no other birds are located.
Mountain View, CA
>From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder@...>
>Sent: Jun 20, 2006 4:59 PM
>To: Tom Grey <tgrey@...>, CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Yuba Pass / Sierra Valley RFI
>My group of 16 spotted a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER beyond the cattle guard on the road leading south from the campground. The bird appeared to be excavating a nest, but had not made much progress. We never saw the male, but the female was about 0.5 mile from the turn off to Lincoln Valley where a few stumps mark a small parking area. We walked in and followed the trail as it made a sharp left and then a sharp right turn. A red and white striped metal barricade marks the general area. (We did not cross this barricade because the right hand trail continues down hill into an area where some trees are marked for cutting. The female was just beyond this right turn, in a tree on the right side. In this area there was also a probable NORTHERN GOSHAWK which was partially obscured by the trees as it flew high overhead. Here as well were several WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS, RUFOUS and CALLIOPE HUMMINBIRDS. Large Black Bear tracks were also seen, so be on the look out for them too!
>Back near the parking lot at the campground we watched a nesting pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS, three female PINE GROSBEAKS, two singing male HERMIT WARBLERS, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and a NASHVILLE WARBLER, and of course a good supply of CASSIN'S FINCHES, EVENING GROSBEAKS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, WESTERN TANAGERS, WILSON'S WABLERS, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES. Only two RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS were seen and they were on the north side of the road, across the highway.
>On this north side, there is a trail that leads off to the right (east) where we observed several MOUNTAIN QUAIL at close range. We began to hear them from the main trail, and were actually much closer than we assumed. Both DUSKY and HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHERS were seen and heard here. Nesting WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on the left side of the trail, shortly before the trail leads downhill in a short broken tree. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were also nesting in this area.
>Lower Sardine Lake had many many singing YELLOW WARBLERS, at least 6 MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS, a BALD EAGLE and a SPOTTED TOWHEE.
>At Bassetts' the hummingbird feeders are active with ANNA'S and CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS visiting frequently. A nest filed with four STELLER'S JAYS is visible from the parking area.
>At night, we stopped at the Vista Point on Hwy 49 between Yuba Pass and Sattley, COMMON NIGHTHAWK and COMMON POORWILL were both calling around 9:00pm.
>Sierra Valley produced VESPER and BREWER'S SPARROWS at several locations, but the corner of hwy 89 and Calpine road seemed to be the best spot for both species. Both Mountain Quail Road and the cemetary on the road leading to the Rodeo Grounds, contained singing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES, but they were more easily seen at the latter, but the pond on the entrance road. Marble Hot Springs Road produced two singing SAGE THRASHERS, five pairs of SANDHILL CRANES, hundreds of WHITE-FACED IBIS and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. Nesting WILLETS were also seen, as was a single AMERICAN BITTERN, 4 REDHEADS, both SORA and VIGINIA RAILS (heard but not seen.)
>The only BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES were found at the cemetary entrance road where PYGMY NUTHATCHES and winnowing WILSON'S SNIPE were heard and seen.
>Mountain View, California