USTP, 16 April
- Sat, 16 Apr 2005 -- This morning Chuck Vaughn and I birded the Ukiah Sewage
Treatment Plant and some other locations in the Ukiah area. At USTP we
found a single SOLITARY SANDPIPER on the small sludge drying pond on the
left as you go in. It was still there when we returned on our way out.
There were seven BONAPARTE'S GULLS on the north percolation pond, unusual
for this location.
We looked for Hooded Orioles at Pomo Circle and 501 Sherry St. ,
but did not see any. A worker at Sherry said he had seen them there
We also drove up Low Gap Road and heard two BLUE GROUSE booming at
the sharp left turn about 1/2 mile beyond the second cattle guard. On the
way down we ran into a wave of warbler activity in some leafing-out Black
Oaks which included a number of singing TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS and at least
one singing HERMIT WARBLER. This is the earliest record ever for Hermit
Warbler in this area.
Back in Potter Valley at the end of Burris Lane TRICOLORED
BLACKBIRDS were in evidence in the vineyards and around the hidden pond to
the ENE, and a group of about 10 males were chorusing like a bag-o'-cats in
an oak tree in the vineyard. A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was hawking from the dead
oak to the NNW, and last of all in my yard I saw my first GREEN HERON of
Potter Valley, MEN, CA