Had a great couple of days in Mendocino.
On 6-6-01 I saw the American Redstart (a singing orangestart) that Toby found
in the morning at Lake Cleone. Toby has been such a great help. The bird
was singing alot and was out the La Laguna trail boardwalk just past the
creek crossing. At 8:55 pm I had a single Common Nighhhawk calling and
booming 2.8 miles up Albion Ridge Road in the pygmy forest. I think they are
more or less regular up there. Toby reported 3 up there a few days back.
On 7-7-01 at 0700 I saw a single Tufted Puffin in the water off Goat Rock at
Mendocino Headlands (that bird only took about 10 visits...). Later, I had
the 2 American Avocets at Ukiah Sewage Ponds; no sign of the nest they had a
few days ago. Then, at Hopland Research Station, Chuck Vaughn showed me a
couple of Lawrence's Goldfinch for my 5th county bird in just a few hours of
birding! I don't think that will happen again soon. Not bad considering I
got my 8+ hours of work in on both days.
There were 47 breeding plumage Red-necked Phalaropes in the pond on Mendocino Headlands on 5-4-06. There were also two Long-tailed Weasels hunting in broad daylight in the field next to the parking area at the pond. They paid no attention to me except when I squeaked like a mouse which made them come as close as about 15'. That was the best study of these interesting little critters I've ever had.
On 5-5-06 there was a singing male Hooded Oriole in the town of Westpost. There were numerous Red-necked Phalarope on the Westport Sewage Ponds, but I could not get a good enough view to count them.
John E. Hunter
Arcata , CA
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