Hull Mtn., Mendocino
On the afternoon on 6-14-02 I headed up to Hull Mountain, to look for
Black-chinned Sparrow. Through Covello and way out the dusty and bumpy
Forest Service route M1 along Etsel Ridge. I stopped to camp at the first
dirt track/overlook going off to the right after the turnoff to Hull
Mountain. Black-chinned Sparrows had been reported from here but this
location appeared to be 0.15 miles inside of Lake County, although you could
possibly hear one over in Mendo from here. After changing the flat tire, I
could hear about 6 Common Poorwills calling on both sides of the
Mendocino-Lake county line.
On 6-15-02 I did not hear Black-chinned Sparrow from the campsite so I birded
along the road back into Mendocino. I walked out the trail to Windy Point
(trail 10W32 on the Forest Service map) about 0.5 miles and found a good spot
to listen to the south. After much listening, I finally heard a
Black-chinned Sparrow singing far below, but easily within Mendocino County.
I can provide better details about the location if anyone is interested.
There was also a White-headed Woodpecker near the trailhead.
In the patch of corn lily at the turnoff from M1 to Spruce Grove there was
one, possibly two, singing Lincoln's Sparrows. I'm not sure if they get any
further than this in the coast ranges. Green-tailed towhees were nesting in
the corn lily.
Not really sorry for multiple postings.