Branscomb, Angelo Reserve & Dos Rios Birds
- Mon, 25 May 2009 -- Today, I helped Bob Keiffer run his Breeding Bird
Survey on Branscomb Rd, from Laytonville to Hwy 1. Our most surprising
bird was a NASHVILLE WARBLER found by Bob west of Branscomb.
Quite a few HERMIT, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, WILSON'S and
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were at many stops. One of the
WILSON'S stumped us for a couple of minutes until we could actually
see it, because its song was so rapid - a Wilson's on speed. We also had
PURPLE MARTINS and a GREEN HERON near the western end
of the route.
Jim joined us for the rest of the day. We tried for Marbled Murrelets at
Juan Creek without success. (There have not been any MAMU there
for months). Then, we traveled back east on Branscomb Rd, then
north on Wilderness Lodge Rd to the Angelo Coast Range Reserve,
where we met Peter Steel. We found two to three old NORTHERN
GOSHAWK nests, but no NOGOs.
Continuing east, we drove Dos Rios Rd its12 miles from Laytonville to
the Hwy 162 bridge. There we saw 3+ WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS.
We then walked the old railroad tracks between Dos Rios and the Eel
River to listen for Canyon Wren but had no luck with it. So, back to
Laytonville we went to end our fun day.
(Bob Keiffer and Jim Havlena, too)
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