On Sunday the 21st I found an adult male EURASIAN
WIGEON among perhaps 300 AMERICAN WIGEON at Borax
Lake. I was surprised to see about 90 SCAUP, numbers
which usually don't appear until January, but I could
not find a Tufted Duck among them. At Clearlake Park I
saw a partially leucistic female COMMON MERGANSER with
a diffuse whitish eyering and postocular stripe plus
extra large white wing patches. A COMMON LOON and a
male HOODED MERGANSER were at Detert Reservoir.
Does anybody have a hypothesis why so few shorebirds
turned up this year in Lake County? The past few
months the habitat has been excellent at Borax Lake
and Detert Reservoir, yet I've seen only Killdeer and,
on Sunday, a Wilson's Snipe at Borax Lake. Not even
one yellowlegs, peep or dowitcher! I did see a few
more shorebirds the few times I visited Clear Lake
State Park, but I've been told there were relatively
few this year considering the excellent habitat.
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Do You Yahoo!?
Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around