On Tuesday, Karen Z., Linda P., and I birded Lake Co. We had a great day! Linda
colored one more county blue, Karen added lots of birds to her lists, and I hit
200! To do this we birded a variety of places: Grange Rd, Hidden Valley WTP,
Callayomi Rd., Clear Lake Riviera area, Lakeport Library Park, Rodman
Slough--Nice-Lucerne Cuttoff area, Reclamation Rd area, and then finished off
the day at High Valley.
2 Greater-white Fronted Geese and a Cackling Goose with the large flock of
Canada's along the N side of Grange Rd. Close by was a Merlin posing at the top
of a tree.
The Burrowing Owl was still wintering on Callayomi Rd.near the top of 3rd dirt
pile across the street from ranch house.
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW coming to a feeder in the Clear Lake Riviera area. In a
small patch of chemise on one of the roads, we pished up a CA Thrasher! I'm not
sure who was the most surprised him or us! He checked us out carefully, never
making a peep, and was maybe 15 ft. away. Closest encounter I've ever had.
Also, lots of robins and waxwings feasting on the abundant berries on the trees
A male Common Merganser, Horned Grebe & several Common Goldeneyes found off the
Lakeport Library Park dock.
Another GWF Goose in a pond along Lakeshore just S of Stokes.
GW & Cinnamon Teal in the Nice-Lucerne Cuttoff pond.
A huge flock of American Wigeon in a distant pond along the main road as soon
as you enter High Valley. Unfortunately for us, poor lighting and distance
prevented us from finding a Eurasian Wigeon, though there certainly was enough
of wigeon there could easily have been one; a Loggerhead Shrike flying across
the fields, and the last bird of the day was a calling GH OWL from the
Raptor wise it was a great day since we saw: RS & RT Hawks, Cooper’s & SS Hawk,
Bald Eagles (both imm. & adults), WT Kites, a Loggerhead Shrike, Northern
Harriers, kestrels, a Merlin, and a Peregrine Falcon. Still looking for a
Prairie Falcon and RL Hawk in that county!