Thu, 30 Sep 2004 -- It was too foggy at Lake Mendocino this morning for me
to do my usual survey, but there were some interesting birds to be found.
The water level continues to fall about a foot a week and more muddy edges
are appearing. Near the south marina there was a WILSON'S SNIPE on the mud,
a pretty unusual bird at the lake. The juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose
which has been there several weeks has fallen into bad company with the
resident greylag thugs and may be there for some time. On the mud emerging
near the north marina there were 9 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 8 dowitchers
including at least two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 12 LEAST SANDPIPERS, a
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and a juvenile SANDERLING. The latter may be a first
record for the lake. Does anyone remember any other inland Mendocino
records of Sanderling?
Potter Valley, MEN, CA