- Wed, 08 Jun 2011 -- On Wednesday Chuck Vaughn and I conducted his Breeding
Bird Survey along the road to Covelo. We saw several WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS
near Dos Rios at the bridge over the Middle Fork Eel River and a little ways
upstream. This area and the nearby bridge at Dos Rios are probably the most
reliable place in Mendocino Co. to find this species.
We did not find Grasshopper Sparrows this year near 162 x Fairbanks
Road, and, after the survey, we continued on to the Eel River Work Station.
At one stop along Road 338 we heard and saw a CANYON WREN on the far side of
the Middle Fork near a prominent group of rocks. This was near milemarker
6.6 about 0.7 mi west of the Middle Fork bridge near the work station.
Next we continued north on Forest Service road M1. We were told that
the road is open to the end, and a slide near Howard Lake has been repaired.
We forded Howard Creek but could not drive to Howard Lake due to downed
trees. Along the road there were HERMIT WARBLERS and NASHVILLE WARBLERS
singing along with Black-throated Gray Warblers and Audubon's Y-r Warblers.
At tiny Hammerhorn Lake we found two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS singing from the
patches of bulrushes along the shore.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA