- On 22 October, a CACKLING GOOSE and a male EURASIAN
WIGEON were at Borax Lake, about 75 HORNED GREBES
(outnumbering EARED GREBES) and an adult
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL were at Clearlake, and seven
CINNAMON TEAL were at the Hidden Valley Lake
Wastewater Treatment Plant (HVLWTP).
Belated bird observations at HVLWTP include: four
CINNAMON TEAL on 23 September and 15 October; a
PECTORAL SANDPIPER on 1 October (best of eight
shorebird species recorded this fall); and what
appeared to be a melanistic NORTHERN SHOVELER that was
jet black with neatly patterned paler-fringed feathers
(unlikely to have been oiled) and pale outer tail
feathers on 23 September (unfortunately not
And very belatedly, four CANVASBACKS were at Detert
Reservoir on 23 September and a flock of 34 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPES at Borax Lake on 10 September.
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.