SE Clear Lake, 01-15
- This morning I explored (my first time) the southeast
corner of Clear Lake, from Clearlake to Sulphur Blank
Point. Waterbird concentrations were highest from
Pirates Cove northward. Here are my highlights:
HORNED GREBE: 3 at Clearlake (1) and Pirate's Cove
LESSER SCAUP: 2 at Clearlake.
GREATER SCAUP: 1 at Clearlake.
NORTHERN PINTAIL: 2 (pair) among rafts of grebes far
from shore at Pirate's Cove, seemed out of place.
MEW GULL: 1 (1st-basic immature) at Clearlake.
BONAPARTE'S GULL: 1 (basic adult) at Clearlake.
THAYER'S GULL: 2 (3rd-basic immature, basic adult) at
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL: 7 (3 1st-basic, 2 2nd-basic and
2 3rd-basic immatures) from Edgewater Estates to
Many Western and Clark's Grebes were courting but I
saw only one pair actually run across the water.
At nearby Borax Lake (east shore accessed by foot from
end of 12th Street) I saw:
LESSER SCAUP: about 565.
GREATER SCAUP: about 10 males, probably some females
GADWALL: about 40.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (American): 4.
AMERICAN WIGEON: 2.
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake Co.