Hull Mountain/Etsel Ridge
- Saturday 2 June 2001 Bob Keiffer, Mike Webster, and Becky Webster,
traveled from Potter Valley to Lake Pillsbury to Boardman Ridge to Hull
Mountain to Spruce Grove to Etsel Ridge to Black Butte and back via
Covelo. Highlights included:
One mature Bald Eagle flying down river (at eye level) at the Eel River
Bridge. No Purple Martins were seen. One Nashville Warbler was observed
along the Eel River/Pillsbury #240 road near South Ridge just before you
get to Soda Creek resort. One large dark brown Black Bear stood still for
about 30 seconds for a good look.
Gravelly Valley had four Tule Elk close to the road...two of the three cow
elk had radio collars. Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were here also.
Boardman Ridge Road, on the Mendocino County side, produced singing Fox
Sparrows and Green-tailed Towhees, Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audubon's), and
Dusky Flycatchers. The only Hummingbird of the day was an Anna's feeding
on Indian Paintbrush.
Hull Mountain ...the loop road to the top of Hull was impassable due to a
couple of remnant snow drifts. Mountain quail were calling and one was
observed calling from a leaning live fir tree ....the calling male was
about 15 feet off the ground and the female was in the thick brush
below. A male Townsend's Solitaire was proclaiming his territory on the
NE and East side of Hull Mountain by singing from tree tops and singing
while doing long flights across the basin.
Windy Gap produced the first of several White-headed Woodpeckers for the day.
Another Dusky Flycatcher was heard here.
Monkey Rock has a great Willow/meadow area on the SE side. "Pishing"
produced another Dusky Flycatcher, Robins, 6 Orange-crowned Warblers,
D.e.Juncos, and another White-headed Woodpecker. Another Townsend's
Solitaire was along the route as were Western Bluebirds. Lazuli Buntings
were singing in the scrubby Oregon White Oak.
Spruce Grove held it's reputation of producing at least 2 Hammond's
Dusky Flycatchers were here also along with White-headed Woodpeckers,
Red-breasted Sapsucker, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Cassin's Finches,
Audubon's Warblers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Mountain Quail, and
Green-tailed Towhees. No Lincoln's Sparrows were seen yet in the normal
nesting habitat of Corn lily/Meadow. No Northern Goshawks were seen or
heard. We left Spruce Grove at 3:00 PM.
Etsel Ridge was rather quick and unproductive. We stopped at a
traditional hummingbird spot filled with scarlet larkspur but no birds were
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html