Tue, 14 Oct 2003 -- The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Miner Hole Road N. of Point
Arena was seen through the day up to 3:30 by several people: Jerry White,
Dorothy Tobkin, Bob Keiffer, Chuck Vaughn, and myself at least. To look for
the bird, drive to the end of Miner Hole Road and park at the turn-around
at the end. Do not walk straight ahead along the fence, but take the trail
north through to willows. Before you get to the river take a broad tractor
trail going off to the left and follow it until it gets close to the river.
Then look for a short trail through the brush to the river. If you try to
approach this area from slightly upstream, you will have to wade. The bird
was seen throughout this area, flying, foraging, and sitting on exposed
staubs. We saw it down a large dragonfly, after which it sat quietly
digesting about four feet above the water. It would have been hard to
discover at this time, so keep looking. It's a very nice, bright bird.
No luck with the Blackpoll or Black-throated Blue Warbler today.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA