Grasshopper Sparrow in Potter Valley
- Mon, 17 Jun 2002 -- At 08:10 this morning I found a singing GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW along Pine Avenue in Potter Valley. About 3/4 mi. up Pine Avenue,
as you are approaching Burright Creek, there is a broad pullout on the
right and a locked gate set back from the road on the left. The GRSP was
about 30 y. beyond this gate, and I was able to get a good scope view as it
sat up on a weedstalk, preened, and sang. After about five minutes it flew
off about 100 y., plopped in the short grass, and I did not see it again in
the next half hour, nor when I came back about 9:45.
This is the same general area where Ollie Kolkmann found GRSP on 12
Jun 1987 while he was appraising some property in the area. I looked for
them in 2000 and 2001 without luck. These are the only GRSP records for
Potter Valley that I am aware of. There are probably more birds around on
private property, but this bird was viewable from public access.
Further up Pine Avenue families of Western Tanagers were roving
around already eating poison oak berries, and there was a House Wren
singing near 12600. I have also had a House Wren singing in my
neighborhood off and on since 17 May - yard bird #157.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA