Yolo County gulls and access to landfill
I spoke with the staff of the Yolo County landfill this morning. They are growing concerned about a number of birders entering the landfill and getting in the way of operations. They discussed the issue a manager's meeting. This is a VERY sensitive site. Yolo Audubon has struggled for decades to maintain access to this site for the Christmas Bird Count. Policies are often very restrictive.
While the flurry of gulls over the trash is enticing, ALL of the rare gulls reported in the past few weeks have been seen from Rd 28H or Rd 29 (the gravel road). The gulls obviously feed at the landfill, but seem to spend the majority of their day bathing or roosting at the Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant or the ag fields. It is much easier to scan thru large numbers of gulls and study individuals when they are standing still for long periods of time.
You can get good views of the birds at the trash from the raised gravel levee road across Rd 28H from the landfill entrance. However, any birds you see feeding will probably swirl and fly off quickly, so the best strategy really is to go to the roosting areas.
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
California Dept of Fish and Game
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 323-4724 phone
(916) 324-8829 fax