Today (Sat Oct 26) Gary and Judy Maddox and I birded the North Coast of
Mendocino County. Started the day at the Mendocino Headlands where we
refound one of the LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the same place that Toby Tobkin
reported them on Thurs. Next stop was the Caspar Creek estuary where we
found one PECTORAL SANDPIPER. At the south end of Glass Beach were 15
HARLEQUIN DUCKS. At lake Cleone we were treated to a MERLIN
(columbianus) catching dragonflies over the lake and returning to the
same perch repeatedly to eat it's prey. There was one male BLACK SCOTER
at the end of Ward Ave. We ended the day at Virgin Creek Beach where we
found one PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER at the creek outlet.
Of interest was a BLACK-TAILED WEASEL at the Mendocino Headlands that
kept popping his head up out of different holes. Beatiful animal and
quite humerous to watch. Doubt there are any ground-squirrels that
would agree with me.
Good birding (and weaseling).
- Matthew Matthiessen
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