- Mar 10, 201310 March 2013 - Sunday - This morning at 09:45 AM Ryan Keiffer and I watched
4White-throated Swifts soaring above Frog Woman Rock, which is the massviely
basalt rock along the Russian River and Highway 101 ... about 4 miles south of
Hopland. Also soaring above the rock were numerous violet-green swallows, and
watched on two occasions a VGSW showing dominance over a swift by chasing it at
close range. This is despite the WTSW having a slightly larger wingspan than
swallows. It takes a bit of viewing to finally spot them, and they do their
twittering chatter occasionally, but it sounds distant and you really have to be
listening for it.
The best viewing spot is on the west side of Highway 101, just south of the
"bridge" that allows the Yorkville Soil to slide underneath Highway 101. This
is the same stretch
of Highway 101 that has one of the two north bound lanes closed ... so the
pullout is just south of that area. The pullout has a pile of rip-rap type
rocks stacked near it.
Along the river numerous Tree, Violet-green, and a few Rough-winged Swallows,
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black Phoebe, and a Canada Goose up on the side of
Frog Woman Rock. We did not look for the Peregrines at the nest site today
...but suspect they are incubating eggs right now and are probably difficult to
see 'except at
nest-exchange time or when the male brings food to the female. Good Birdng.
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