SBT COUNTY: PAICINES RESERVOIR
- Howdy, Birders,
Paicines Reservoir this morning was beautiful in the morning
sunlight, after those rainy days. I birded from 8:30 am until 9:45
am. Highlights included: a possible RUFF on the northeast side of the
edge of the water, quite a long distance when scoping from the pull
out lot. I would love it, if someone else could confirm this ID.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a new sign on the gate on the dike at the
pullout which says, "BIRDERS- Please enjoy our birds from the other
side of this gate." So, please do not go through the gate, and walk
on the dike.
In addition to the possible Ruff, two CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS were on the
telephone wires at the north end of the pullout when I arrived. By
the time I left, they were hunting from the single, leafless willow
tree in the dried out part of the reservoir. One TREE SWALLOW was
hawking over the water. A good variety of ducks/waterfowl was
present: Common and Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Cinnamon
and Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Canvasbacks, Ruddy Ducks, American
Widgeon, Clark's/Western Grebes, one White Pelican, and about 46 peeps.
On Quien Sabe Road, I found 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS, 18 LONG-BILLED
CURLEWS, one BURROWING OWL, and one adult BALD EAGLE. A BOBCAT was
hunting ground squirrels on the hillside. SNOW could still be seen
covering the Diablo Mountains!
On Santa Ana Valley Road, a subadult GOLDEN EAGLE was hunting ground
Hope to see you out there!
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