Re: Mix Canyon/Blue Ridge Rd, 4/10/17
Denise and David Hamilton
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Forgot to mention Mix Canyon Rd is off of Pleasants Valley Rd, Vacaville area.
Also had several ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS.
From: "'Denise Hamilton' napabirders@... [northbaybirds]"
To: North Bay Birds ; Central Valley Birds
Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 4:28 PM
Subject: [NBB] Mix Canyon/Blue Ridge Rd, 4/10/17
Sorry for the late post.
Finally having a rain-free Monday, headed out to Mix Canyon Road. Within the first .7 mi of road, we picked up WESTERN KINGBIRD, 2 BULLOCK’S ORIOLES, HOODED ORIOLES, WILSON’S & ORANGE-CROWNED (and one beautiful YELLOW-RUMPED) WARBLERS, & BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS. As we continued up the road we could hear other OC Warblers and more BH Grosbeaks – though really hard to hear much with the amazing amount of water rushing down the creek. Up on Blue Ridge Road, WRENTITS were singing everywhere, and we saw at least 8 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS. (One had a beak full of nesting material.) At mm 7 to 7.2 had at least 2 CALIFORNIA THRASHERS (and heard one or 2 others while driving.) Looked and listened for Bell’s Sparrow, but did not find any.
Lunch at Lake Solano, where all the wintering ducks have cleared out. Did see a pair of WOOD DUCKS, and 2 PHAINOPEPLA. We’ll have to admit that the best birds at the park were the established peafowl – the males were doing their elaborate dancing and when filming one, happened to get it shaking its tail feathers producing a low frequency sound- almost like a rattlesnake! Can check here to read about it, if interested: http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-04-28/physics-of-how-peacocks-shake-their-tail-feathers-to-woo-a-mate/7367164 It was really impressive.
Backyard in Napa: remaining GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS & fewer WHITE-CROWNS, several RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS have been hanging out at our feeders this past stormy days. HOODED ORIOLES also coming to feeders.
Denise & David Hamilton