On Saturday, 10/23 I headed through Lake County in hopes of getting my county
list to 200 and then continued west to check out the action at the Ukiah
Sewage Treatment Plant.
Pardon a lack of directions as I don't have a map with me. Let me know if you
need something more specific.
Along Butts Canyon Rd. in southern Lake Co. were all of the typical open oak
woodland species as well as a flock of 60 Tree Swallows. At the reservoir were
15 American White Pelicans and numberous ducks, but nothing special. On the
way back to Hwy 29 I found a Merlin (#199) north of the road near a white
At the sewage ponds just north of here in Hidden Valley I managed to climb a
hill and look down into the ponds. If you drive all the way past the ponds you
can park and walk up amongst the chamise. I don't know how kosher this is but
there are no signs and no fence. Anyway, there is currently great habitat
even if there weren't any rarities. Birds included 6 Long-billed Dowitchers, 15
Dunlin, 8 Least Sandpipers, 8 Greater Yellowlegs, many puddle ducks and a
couple of unidenified scaup.
Next was the mouth of Kelsey Creek in Clear Lake State Park. Here were 300
+/- Tree Swallows, 175 American White Pelicans, 4 Long-billed Dowitchers, 5
snipe, 2 Least Sandpipers and two Virginia Rails.
A Peregrine Falcon (#200) was along Reclamation Rd. north of Nice.
Next stop was the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant. We strategically arrived just
as it was starting to rain. Sign in at the office before birding. Here I
found quite a few new county birds including a Cooper's Hawk, 2 Pectoral
Sandpipers, 30 Dunlin, and many ducks, including at least one Blue-winged Teal,
Cinnamon Teal, Pintail, N. Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon,
Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck and 10 Scaup sp. I was unable to id the scaup or
find the Eurasian Wigeon found by Chuck the day before as the ducks flushed and
simply decided to fly around in circles until I left. No matter how long it
took. Finally the rain got so heavy that I gave up and sloshed back to the car,
pretty much soaked through despite a rain coat. When I got back to the car
Misty had an interesting look on her face that was a combination of pity and
amusement. Mostly amusement. But what the heck, I got 5 new county birds.
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