Anderson Valley Observations
- I did a bird walk Mar. 28 with staff at Navarro Winery near Philo, including some areas not generally available to the public, Notables were:
- Merlin - one pale bird foraging over the vineyards near the upper pond - the used area is possibly visible from the tasting room porch.
- Black-throated Gray Warbler - apparently an early migrant on east side of lower pond
- Chipping Sparrow - perched in wisteria arbor next to tasting room
Also,two pairs of Eurasian Collared Doves were courting in the area, the first I've seen here. A nice Allen's Hummingbird male was working the flowers around the parking area. Other standard species: Western Bluebirds, Ring-necked Ducks, Cooper's Hawk, Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warblers singing. Violet-green swallows seen, but no Barn Swallows or Cliff Swallows have arrived.
Also, I had 5 Brant at the Mendocino Headlands on 3/28, and saw the beginnings of the collection of Common Murres there yesterday evening, so evening use of the site described earlier by Ron LeValley appears to be continuing.
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