- Here are my best birds seen today (Sunday the 31st):
TUFTED DUCK: Two long-tufted males among roughly 2000
scaup at Borax Lake. One had some faint dark smudges
on its sides and presumably was the same molting
individual with more extensive dark smudging on its
sides that I found among only eight Greater Scaup on
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE: One male among hordes of
mergansers and perhaps 15 COMMON GOLDENEYES at the
north side of Glenhaven.
CINNAMON TEAL: A pair at the Hidden Valley Lake
Wastewater Treatment Plant (HVLWTP).
CANVASBACK: 50 at HVLWTP plus two males at Borax Lake.
COMMON MOORHEN: Three at the county park in Clearlake
Oaks and one in a pond (but three on the 16th) visible
from Sulphur Bank Road just west of the entrance to
the El Em Indian Colony.
WESTERN GULL: One 2nd-cycle immature at Lucerne, plus
one 3rd/4th-cycle immature and one adult at Glenhaven.
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.