- Here are some recent sightings:
TUFTED DUCK: Male with a short tuft on 7 March and a
male with a long tuft on 4 March, both at Borax Lake.
Presumed hybrid TUFTED DUCK X SCAUP: Male with grayish
sides, nearly black back and only the slightest of a
Lesser Scaup-like tuft at Borax Lake on 4 March (same
bird seen on 26 February; gray sides are rather odd
and bill not seen; perhaps a hybrid with Ring-necked
Duck?). Male with white sides, nearly black back and
only the slightest of a Lesser Scaup-like tuft at
Borax Lake on 7 March (I hadn't seen this bird
earlier, so there is one definite and two presumed
Hybrid EURASIAN X AMERICAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL: Male in
a flock of Green-winged Teal at Robinson Lake on 12
March; a broad white scapular stripe and a short and
narrow white vertical bar (characteristics of both
taxa) are visible in photos are posted at:
CINNAMON TEAL: Three pairs at Robinson Lake on 12
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: Male at Pirate's Cove,
Clearlake Park, on 5 March.
HOODED MERGANSER: Male at Robinson Lake, 12 March.
GLAUCOUS GULL: 1st-basic immature among hundreds of
gulls on boathouses at mile marker 25.66, Glenhaven
(north of Clearlake Oaks), on 12 March. Photos reveal
that the dark pattern on the bill appears identical to
the bird at Clearlake on 16 January, but the breast
appears to be darker in this bird, suggesting it is a
Other odd gulls at Glenhaven on 12 March include a
presumed hybrid 3rd-basic GLAUCOUS-WINGED X WESTERN
GULL and two presumed 1st-basic GLAUCOUS-WINGED X
HERRING GULLS. I was unable to find the presumed
KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULL among hundreds of gulls at
Clearlake Park on 4, 5, 7 and 12 March, so I think
BARN SWALLOW: One at Lucerne Harbor on 12 March.
PINE SISKIN: One at my feeder at Hidden Valley Lake on
11 March, my first of the winter.
Unfortunately I missed two birds on 12 March: the
Short-eared Owl (arrived too late, 6:21 am) and
Eurasian Wigeon (none among a dozen or so American
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.