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Hull Mountain/Etsel Ridge

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  • Robert J. Keiffer
    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
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      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
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