Re: [Mendobirds] Glaucous Gull at Lake Mendocino
- Speaking of Lake Mendocino--
Stu and I were out there on Saturday. Between Pomo A
and B a flock of 36 common merganser flew in, spent a
while fishing just offshore; after 15 minutes I walked
away to the bathroom and then they were gone. Is it
unusual to see a flock of them like that? I'm used to
just seeing pairs...so it was unusual for me, and a
real treat to watch! (almost as neat as watching a
merlin strafe a pair of ravens trying for a quiet
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- At 15:36 2005 11 17, Janet wrote:
> Between Pomo ANo, it is not unusual to see them that way. They fish communally in groups
>and B a flock of 36 common merganser flew in, spent a
>while fishing just offshore; after 15 minutes I walked
>away to the bathroom and then they were gone. Is it
>unusual to see a flock of them like that? I'm used to
>just seeing pair
of 20-100 - often diving synchronously and moving right along the
shoreline. It looks like they're herding the fish against the bank. Often,
when they get going, Great Blue Herons and egrets fly in from all around
the lake and line the bank trying to get in on the action. It's pretty cool
- Wed, 23 Nov 2005 - Jerry White reports that the 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL
reported on the 17th is still near the south marina at Lake Mendocino. He
also saw a CANVASBACK on the lake (295).
- Wed, 23 Nov 2005 -- In the late afternoon today the GLAUCOUS GULL was still
around the area of the south marina at Lake Mendocino. It was sitting with
some other gulls on an emerging bar that is just barely breaking the
surface about 100 m SE of the parking lot. I saw the gull fly to the south
end of the lake beyond the intake tower, land on the water , and pick at
some things. Then it flew back to the duck feeding area, circled several
times without landing, and flew back to the bar and landed. By sunset it
had disappeared and was replaced by an adult THAYER'S GULL, the seventh
species of gull to have been seen on the lake this week.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA