all photos & text by Don Roberson
all photos taken in California
adult male & fledgling Black-backed Woodpecker
15 Aug 2006 at Donner Summit
County is another small Gold Rush county, created in 1851 along with
Sierra and Placer counties to deal with the swarms of 49ers. Nevada County
is a bit larger than Sierra County just to the north. Although Nevada is
mostly above 3000 foot elevation, it dips farther down the western foothill
slops and has extensive oak, chaparral, and grasslands habitats in and
around Spenceville Wildlife Area. Grass Valley is the major town, but there
is much new development in the Martis Valley (shared with Placer Co.) along
Interstate 80, east of the Sierran divide, as travelers rush toward the
State of Nevada. Boca Reservoir and other lakes in the east provide waterfowl
habitat among sage and open pines. The Donner Party was trapped near Donner
Lake; their memorial is also on I-80 within Nevada County. To the west,
there are lovely canyons along the Yuba River.
County birding statistics and links are on Joe Morlan's site.
The headline photo is a backlit shot of a lucky find: a male Black-backed Woodpecker accompanied by a fledgling. Rita and I heard the male tapping in the woods, and were very surprised when, upon chasing it down, the sound proved to be the adult working the bark and feeding the grubs found to the baby.
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