White-winged Scoters at Lake Mendocino
- Sat, 18 Dec 2004 -- On the Ukiah Christmas Bird Count two parties
independently saw WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on Lake Mendocino. At about 10:00
Geoff Heineken and I found a young male on the east shore between the Mesa
and Barn Cove - visible from the Little Bear group campground. There was
also a male EURASIAN WIGEON here among the 200 American Wigeons feeding
along this shore.
About 3:00 Ollie Kolkmann and Vishnu saw two White-winged Scoters
on the west side of the lake near the Pomo A area. These were apparently
both first-year males and possibly included the bird seen earlier. The only
other record of this species on Lake Mendocino that I know of was a pair on
8 Nov 2001 (Mendobirds message 223).
The Ukiah CBC drew a beautiful, clear, warm day and set a new
record of 127 species. I was a very fun and satisfying day to be afield.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA