- Fri, 03 Jun 2005 -- This morning I found a singing SAGE THRASHER in Round
Valley. I first found it about 10:20; I returned at 12:50, and it was
singing in the exact same place; Chuck Vaughn dashed up, and at 2:30 we saw
the bird at the same spot.
The location is on Dobie Lane 1.3 miles N of Fairbanks Road. You
must approach from Fairbanks as Dobie Lane is washed out further north.
Look for a fallen oak tree in a hayfield about 100 feet east of the road.
On the west side of the road here there is a shrubby, 8 foot valley oak in
the fenceline. The thrasher is very faithful to this bushy oak and probably
spent 90% of its time in and near it. It sang from the oak, the fence, the
fallen oak, and at mid level in larger oaks to the east and south. Always
it returned to the bushy oak. It also foraged on the ground along the edge
of the road and hawked insects from the ground and from the pavement in the
middle of the road. It was rather conspicuous.
My main purpose in being in Round Valley was to look for Tricolored
Blackbirds. In the process I noted that about 20% of the Red-winged
Blackbirds there have broad, yellow, lower borders to the epaulettes, about
20% have a thin yellow border, and about 60% have no yellow at all visable
in the field. I do not remember seeing yellow borders on summer males in
Potter Valley - I should pay more attention.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA