- Fri, 3 May 2002 -- Today I saw a WHITE-THROATED SWIFT flying near the
bridge on Hwy 101 just south of the Piercy exit. This is close to
milemarker 103. I did not see any when I passed northbound on 28 April.
White-throated swifts were easily seen at the Edward Wagner Bridge at
milemarker 6.0 in southern Humboldt County on both the 28th and today.
George Chaniot, Potter Valley, CA
- Mendo birders,
On 3-7-05 I saw at least 4 White-throated Swifts (along with some
Violet-green Swallows) flying beneath and exploring potential nest sites
under the north end of the Hwy. 101 bridge over the South Fork Eel River
just a few miles south of the Humboldt County line. The north end of this
long bridge is at milepost 103 on Hwy. 101.
A few miles north in Humboldt County on the same day I had 7-10
White-throated Swifts along with Violet-green Swallows exploring the Wagner
John E. Hunter
Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office
1655 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521
- Tue, 04 Jun 2013 -- This morning Park Steiner, Scott Harris, and I saw at
least six WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS at the Pioneer Crossing Bridge on the Eel
River north of Potter Valley where we saw them on the 11 May Peregrine
Audubon field trip. Scott says that he has been seeing them regularly for
about a month and that they have been nesting in the outer two drain holes
beneath the north end of the span. Today they were making spectacular low
passes over the bridge at close range. They tend to be absent for 10-15
minutes and then appear suddenly like gangbusters.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
- Sat, 22 Mar 2014 -- This afternoon around 5 PM I went to the Pioneer Bridge
over the Eel River N. of Potter Valley to look for the WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS
reported by Steve Stump on March 20th. They were an easy find. At least 5
were flying around the bridge the whole period I was there. One was
fluttering around a drain hole on the underside of the bridge - as were
Northern Rough-winged Swallows. Last year the swifts apparently nested here
for the first time, and the prospects look good for this year.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
From Route 20 take Potter Valley Road, and follow it until it turns into
Eastside Road. At Hopper's Corner turn right (N) onto Eel River Road.
Follow it "over the hill" to the Eel River drainage. Take the right fork at
the top of the hill and follow it to the bridge.