RBA: Humboldt Gargany, female May 6th
The female GARGANY originally located by Barry Saupe and Tristan McKee continues at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is located on the ponds by the Visitor Center, it was seen associated with two CINNAMON TEAL and a bunch of AMERICAN COOT. The refuge staff indicated that most waterfowl had left the area recently so these are the only few individuals out there right now. It was seen as of 1600pm today (May 6th).
It is important to note that the refuge is open 0700am to 1600pm, this may affect your last minute dash up or down to Humboldt. Good news is that on Saturday there is an International Migratory Bird Day event at the refuge and they will be open until 2000pm Saturday only.
Just as important: The refuge is closed on Sundays. Exit Hwy 101 at the Hookton Road Exit near Loleta, obvious signs lead to the refuge.
On a side note these two fellows were also in the process of breaking the Humboldt county Big Day record. Nothing like breaking the 180 barrier with a stonkker!
Robert W. Hewitt
Director, LBJ Enterprises www.birdjobs.com
1707 E Street #5, Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-0339, fax (707) 260-0632, cell (707) 845-3189
Godwit Days Steering Committee www.godwitdays.com
April 15-18, 2005 10th Annual, 236 species cumulative.
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