Great-Tailed Grackle at Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant
- I spent an hour at the Sewage Treatment Ponds today and had pretty
good luck. The best bird was a male Great-Tailed Grackle. It looked
like a large black bird with yellow eyes, a long bill and a long tail.
Overall it was very long and slender. In flight the long tail almost
looked as though it was sideways. When I first arrived I saw a flock
of about 6-8 Chipping Sparrows between those two small ponds as you
are walking out to the 3 big ones. Right when I got to the first big
pond a Green Heron flew right by me. All the usual ducks were
present. I know a Western Grebe is not unusual but its the first time
I've seen one at the treatment plant. There was a mixed flock of
about 15 Western and Least Sandpipers in the north pond on a small mud
bank. Then as I was leaving I saw a Merlin perched on a sign just
outside the gate. I was very satisfied with my hour of birding today.