Today - Sunday 11/17 - at 10:00 am a MERLIN with avian prey (species
unknown) in its talons flew across lovely downtown Calpella and lit on the
top of a telephone pole where it remained long enough for me to locate my
binoculars before continuing on to a nearby oak for its brunch.
Then between 1:00 -3:00 pm at the foot of the Skinnydip Trail (no snickering
please, this IS the officially designated name assigned to this trail by the
U.S. Forest Service) I was fortunate to locate a CANYON WREN sought
unsucessfully in the same location yesterday by members of the Peregrine
Audubon Covelo fieldtrip. A very beautiful bird; calling a lot, though not
Also of note - the buff-rumped skinnydippers having all migrated for the
season to their respective hot tubs - were two true AMERICAN DIPPERS flying
up and down the Eel River canyon and one of which stopped for a leisurely
bath in the shallows of a clear pool also occupied by a number of large
spawning salmonids some of them fanning the gravels to prepare their nests.
Another good day.