Etsel Ridge (June 30 - July 1)
- Greetings Mendo Birders, here are the highlights from my weekend birding
trip up Etsel Ridge on Saturday and down Boadman Ridge on Sunday.
On my way to Etsel Ridge Sat morning I stopped off at Dos Rios to walk
the tracks. I parked in the railroad yard just north of the bridge and
walked the train tracks further north. There is a tunnel about a
quarter mile north of the rail yard and there was one CANYON WREN
singing from the wooden beams at the southern entrance to this tunnel.
There were two more CANYON WRENS about two hundred yards north of the
bridge on the west side of the river (one was possibly the same bird
that was at the southern end of the tunnel). In the same general area
were a group of four ROCK WRENS and a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW. There was
another RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW just upstream from the junction of Hwy
162 and the Dos Rios road.
My first stop on Etsel Ridge was Grizzly Flat. There were quite a few
NASHVILLE WARBLERS but only one HERMIT WARBLER present. Also seen were
MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE and DUSKY FLYCATCHER.
Driving along Etsel Ridge I saw only one TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE but quite
a few CASSIN'S FINCHESI . At the woodpecker site between M1/M61
junction and Spruce Grove were three WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKERS and one
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber).
Spruce Grove yielded DUSKY and HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHERS. There were also
two RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS (daggetti), two HERMIT WARBLERS, one
GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, and several CASSIN'S FINCHES and MOUNTAIN
Saturday night I camped in Spruce Grove and had one very cooperative
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and one very uncooperative FLAMMULATED OWL. The
saw-whet seemed to be particularly fond of my whistling ability and
several times flew in to within 15 feet of where I was standing. The
flam, on the other hand, remained in the distance except for once flying
by my head and very briefly perching for a quick view.
Sunday morning as I descended Boardman Ridge I stopped at the spot
where George Chaniot, Chuck Vaughn, and I heard Black-chinned Sparrows
two weeks earlier. This time I heard only two BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS
but one of them graced me with very good looks and a few photos.
Good Birding Ya'll