Thu, 10 Dec 2009 -- This afternoon Karen Havlena, Steve Grams, and I refound
the male TUFTED DUCK near the north boat ramp at Lake Mendocino, It was
best seen by walking out onto the exposed mud to where the inlet stream
flows into the lake. It was associating with Greater Scaup, Buffleheads,
and American Coots - mostly in the stream. We got some excellent looks
through the scope with good light at close range. Good photo opportunity.
There were also four dowitchers, some Least Sandpipers, a Wilson's Snipe,
and a possible female Blue-winged Teal.
I went down to the dipper location at milepost 37.08 on Route 20, and
there was fresh dipper sign on the rocks, but I saw no dipper.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA