Cliff Swallows and other sightings in Mariposa Co.
On Feb 24th at 1PM, I stopped by McSwain Forebay and
saw at least 7 Cliff Swallows inspecting last year's
mud nests on the underside of the bridge. Anybody
else seeing early Cliff Swallows? There were also at
least 5 Tree Swallows inspecting the mud nests. I
wonder if the mud nests would be suitable for the Tree
Swallows except that the Cliff Swallows out compete
them due to their size. Also, an adult Bald Eagle
flew over and there were a pair of Ospreys present. 2
Herring Gulls, an adult and a 1st year, were sitting
on the water. 7 White-throated Swifts flew over
At noon on the same day, at the corner of Hornitos Rd
and Slate Gulch Rd I saw a Ferruginous Hawk. And
there was another Ferruginous Hawk west of Hornitos Rd
just across the county line in Merced Co.
James R. Tietz
Bootjack, Mariposa Co.
Elev = 2400'
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