Lake County Williamson's Sapsucker continues, 3-6-2005
The male Williamson's Sapsucker continues today at Boggs Mountain
Demonstration State Forest in Lake County. Directions are at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mendobirds/message/1197; however, if you are
driving up from the south on Highway 175, there is no sign when you enter
the town of Hohberg. Hohberg is north of Cobb Mountain and south of Lock
Lomond. If you are coming from the south, and you have passed MP 17.64, you
have missed the turn-off.
I spent some time walking around the area but did not find the cushion until
after already passing it. I found it while walking back in the opposite
direction. Someone had flipped it face down making it easy to pass up. I
picked up the cushion and leaned it against the trunk and placed a small
pile of sticks in front of it. The cushion has the words "Carry Comfort"
printed on it. After finding a few Pygmy Nuthatches and Red Crossbills in
the area I heard some tapping from the east and after a while I finally got
my eyes on the male Williamson's Sapsucker working the back side of the
trunk about 100 feet up.
From the cushion I walked past a pile of rocks directly east about 50 yards
to a dirt road that runs in a north-south direction. To the left and west
of the road is a patch of freshly sprouted forest grass. The Williamson's
Sapsucker was working a Ponderosa Pine at the east side of the road. In
front of this pine there is a small group of young Douglas Firs, the tallest
of which is about 8 feet in height.
Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA, Alameda County