Sat, 17 Aug 2002 -- Jerry White reports that several observers found an
immature YELLOW-BILLED LOON after today's pelagic trip. It could be seen
from the Juan Creek overlook north of Rockport. It was found in the late
afternoon and was moving northward in a leisurely manner. This is the
second county record and very unusual at this time of year.
Dorothy Tobkin reports seeing a TUFTED PUFFIN again at the
Mendocino headlands. This one was flying and carrying fish, and, although
not seen, it may have been feeding young on the water to the north. There
were also two RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, and there is a possibility that they may
be breeding nearby too.
Yesterday, 16 Aug 2002, Toby and Jim Danzenbaker found a RED
PHALAROPE at Virgin Creek Beach. It was an adult molting into winter
plumage. Toby thinks that this bird may have been there for the last 5
days. Red Phalaropes are seldom seen on shore.
Finally, I saw the WHITE-FACED IBIS again today at 5:00 pm on the
edge of the vineyard pond at milemarker 1.33 on West Road, Potter Valley. I
first saw it early on the 15th. So it is still around, but not always in
view. If you come looking for it, feel free to park in my driveway at 9430
West Road, directly across the street.
George Chaniot, Potter Valley, MEN, CA