- A CACKLING GOOSE is still roaming the Clearlake area,
where I've now seen it on three occasions. On 3
December it was swimming alone in the water off Austin
Park. Hopefully it will stick around for the CBC.
On Sunday the 3rd, large numbers of gulls were
loitering along various piers at Lucerne, where I saw
8 species including one first-winter and two
near-adult (each with a small black smudge on the
bill) WESTERN GULLS. I've also seen a second-winter
and two similar-looking adult WESTERN GULLS at
Clearlake during the past few weeks, plus some
Other birds I've seen recently include an adult BALD
EAGLE at Detert Reservoir on 27 November, a PRAIRIE
FALCON at Nice on 24 November, a YELLOW-BELLIED MAGPIE
at High Valley on 19 November, and five CINNAMON TEAL
at Hidden Valley Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant on 19 November.
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.