Laguna Point, 12 Nov
- Fri, 12 Nov 2004 -- Chuck Vaughn and I drove to Laguna Point this morning
for the spring tide (+6.6') and, along with Dorothy Tobkin, we scoped out
to sea for about two hours with fine viewing conditions. We found two ROCK
SANDPIPERS among the Surfbirds on the rocks. Toby saw them as early as 25
Oct this year (see below). Good numbers of Surf Scoters and Pacific Loons
were moving south past the point. Toby says the movement is just picking
up. A twenty minute count yielded an estimate of 484 Pacific Loons per
hour. We saw several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS among the Surfs, and had fly-bys
of ANCIENT MURRELET, CASSIN'S AUKLET, and RHINOCEROS AUKLET.
Later we saw every Mendocino goose species except Emperor,
including a BRANT close off the Laguna Point parking lot, a SNOW GOOSE,
three CACKLING GEESE, and three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Lake Cleone,
and a ROSS'S GOOSE at Caspar Pond. We searched the Mendocino Headlands for
longspurs but found only one HORNED LARK, but there were a lot of people
walking around the headlands at noon.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
From the Northern California Birdbox:
On Oct 25, at high tide, a ROCK SANDPIPER was at Glass Beach, on the
main beach. (2) ROCK SANDPIPERS were roosting on a rock half-way
along the boardwalk at Laguna Point at MacKerricher State Park.
(15) HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 12 males and 3 females, were at the first cove
south of Glass Beach, reached by going a short distance along the
chain-link fence, which borders the mill site. (Dorothy Tobkin).