RE: [Mendobirds] Lake County
- Thanks for your report, Floyd.
Regarding the different pattern to this years Fall migration, might it be
due to the fact the fog has stayed off the coast (except for just a few
days) producing many starry nights for migrating south along the ocean?
I live right on the ocean bluff and it was 73 degrees here today with no
wind and a beautiful green-flash sunset through a distant (light) fog bank
out over the water. Tonight it is stunning with nearly a full moon shining
on the ocean.
Ive lived 10 years full-time on the coast now and this was the best
summer/fall Ive experienced. Global warming???
This is the first year Ive ever seen so many Greater-white Fronted Geese
flocks (6) migrating south over the ocean and the number of resting/feeding
shorebirds have been more numerous, also.
WindandSea at The Sea Ranch
N 38°45'2" W 123° 31'28"
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From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Floyd Hayes
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:00 PM
To: Mendobirds Discussion Group
Subject: [SPAM] [Mendobirds] Lake County
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
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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.