Lake County Birds - Addendum
- Forgot to mention in my previous post that I saw two male Eurasian Wigeons in
Lake County today. They were in the previously reported location, in the
flooded ag fields just east of Rodman Slough, on the north side of the
Nice-Lucerne Cutoff road.
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- This morning there were about 5000 scaup (I didn't try
to count this time) at Borax Lake, where I relocated
one of the male TUFTED DUCKS and was very fortunte to
relocate (and obtain blury photos of) the male TUFTED
DUCK X SCAUP hybrid found by Kathy Robertson
yesterday. It's definitely a hybrid with a short tuft
and a dark but not solidly dark back that is paler
toward the front and the dark extends farther down the
sides than in the other male scaup.
Also present was a rather uniformly brown female duck
appearing slightly smaller than the scaup and lacking
white on the head. I'm fairly certain it was a female
TUFTED DUCK with an extremely short tuft. However, it
dived frequently and was a bit too distant to obtain
photos or to be 100% certain.
Rather bizarre was a female duck among the scaup that
I think was a SCAUP X MERGANSER hybrid. Unfortuntely
it was too distant to photograph. It resembled a
female scaup with: a scaup-like bill; a brown but more
slender head lacking a crest or a distinct white patch
but with an ill-defined pale area on the cheek; a
golden iris; a blackish chest contrasting with white
underparts; brownish upperparts and rear; long white
stripes on the wings; and, most noticeably, a
distinctly longer body and longer tail, with the tail
held higher above the water.
Elsewhere, two WESTERN GULLS (3rd-basic and adult)
were at Austin Park, Clearlake.
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake County