Three Rail Morning
- Fri, 17 Sep 2004 -- I birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant this morning
from 8:00-10:00. They have been adding water to the middle pond for several
weeks now, and there is water under a good growth of knotweed and dock -
good rail habitat. I got good looks at two SORAS and one VIRGINIA RAIL
standing in the open for a long time. I heard others calling and heard some
mystery rail sounds that have never been able to pin down. The third rail
was the Great Black Rail, aka AMERICAN COOT. Out of 145 I only saw two
juveniles - a very poor year for coot production at the ponds. There was a
good bit of warbler activity in the fennel along the back fence and at some
grapes on the fence behind the cattails - mostly Yellow Warblers.
At Lake Mendocino yesterday there were some newly arrived migrants:
a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the south marina and some AMERICAN PIPITS
near the mesa.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA