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Dueling Pygmies

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  • chaniot@pacific.net
    Tue, 24 Apr 2001 -- This morning I birded over the hill from Potter Valley in the Eel River drainage near the Pioneer Crossing Bridge. The whole time I was
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 24, 2001
      Tue, 24 Apr 2001 -- This morning I birded "over the hill" from Potter
      Valley in the Eel River drainage near the Pioneer Crossing Bridge. The
      whole time I was there (8:50-10:40) I heard two N. PYGMY OWLS calling. They
      were on opposite sides of the Eel River about 1/2 mile upstream from the
      bridge. I'm certain I could have approached the one on the south side and
      seen it, were it not for the thicket of poison oak with buds and tiny
      About 200 m upstream from the bridge I was able to pish up a female
      MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER from the ceanothus and poison oak. This pushes the
      earliest spring date back two days. I heard PURPLE MARTINS in the
      distance, but I didn't see any coming to the drain holes in the bridge
      Back in Potter Valley the season's first YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was
      singing in the Russian River riparian by the high school football field.,
      and a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was at the end of Burris Lane.

      Check out the spring arrivals database at
      The table is filling in as migrants return, but there are a few more
      species to arrive. Any subscriber can add to or edit the records.

      Eel River near Pioneer Crossing Bridge, 24 Apr 2001
      Common Merganser
      Turkey Vulture
      Red-tailed Hawk
      Golden Eagle
      Peregrine Falcon
      Wild Turkey
      California Quail
      Mourning Dove s
      N. Pygmy Owl s
      Anna's Humingbird
      Acorn Woodpecker
      Pileated Woodpecker
      Red-shafted N. Flicker
      Pacific-slope Flycatcher s
      Purple Martin
      Tree Swallow
      N. Rough-winged Swallow
      Cliff Swallow
      Steller's Jay
      W. Scrub-Jay
      Common Raven
      Oak Titmouse s
      American Robin s
      Cassin's Vireo s
      Orange-crowned Warbler s
      Black-throated Gray Warbler s
      MacGillivray's Warbler
      Wilson's Warbler s
      Western Tanager s
      Black-headed Grosbeak s
      Spotted Towhee s
      Song Sparrow s
      Golden-crowned Sparrow
      Oregon D-e Junco
      Brown-headed Cowbird s
      Bullock's Oriole s
      Lesser Goldfinch
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