Tue, 11 August 2009 -- At 9-am, I found an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL
on Ten Mile beach, 1/4 mile north of Inglenook Ck mouth. Mid-morning,
Richard Hubacek called to tell Jim that he saw the gull and took a
couple of photos. The bird flew north towards Ten Mile River mouth.
I quickly completed my SOS survey, which included a BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER, fos MARBLED GODWIT, and eleven SNOWY PLOVERS,
so I could drive over to Ukiah.
At 12:30-pm, I saw the SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the Ukiah STP. It
was still in the SW corner of the north pond. It is in fresh plumage, a
cool brown with light tan speckling on the edges of the almost all wing
feathers. It has been many years since I have seen a SOSA, and
this one is lovely.
Now, I am going to scope the north end of Ten Mile beach, to see if
I can relocate the Franklin's Gull. Jim said he might walk down to
Inglenook Ck tomorrow morning. If it can be refound, I will post
Ten Mile area
North of Fort Bragg, CA
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