- At Borax Lake, the number of scaup along the east side
increased dramatically within the past week, with
about 2350 present today. Among them were at least two
male TUFTED DUCKS (I wouldn't be surprised if there
were more), each with a pure black back and long tuft.
A lone female REDHEAD was on the west side of the
Two male BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were in a cove on the
north side of Clearlake Oaks this afternoon.
Other than 500 or so BONAPARTE'S GULLS (nothing
unusual among them despite an hour of scanning) north
of Clearlake Park, there were only a few hundred gulls
present both yesterday and today in the southwestern
arm of Clear Lake, much fewer than normal. This
afternoon I found out why: thousands of gulls were out
on the water at Clearlake Oaks in the southeastern arm
of the lake, where foraging conditions must have been
optimal but the light and viewing conditions were
poor. Along the east shore of Clear Lake there were
hardly any gulls to the north, with only about a half
dozen at Lucerne Harbor. I saw nothing more unusual
than a couple of adult WESTERN GULLS (one at
Clearlake, one at Clearlake Oaks).
A leucistic EARED GREBE with a few dark markings on
the back and some darker markings on the head was
within an enormous raft of several thousand EARED
GREBES north of Clearlake Park on Saturday, but I was
unable to relocate it today.
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake County
There is a Tundra Swan (Imm.) feeding just West of the Rodman Slough Island. The bird didn't seem to mind that I was only about 50 yards from it. Also, just east (20 yards)of the Rodman Slough Bridge there is a Phainopepla. This is the exact place I saw two of them earlier in the year on the North side of the road.