- On Sunday the 6th, Dave Woodward and I saw a COMMON
MOORHEN at Clearlake Oaks (lagoon at county park), and
at High Valley we found a CACKLING GOOSE, a LEWIS'S
WOODPECKER and a YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE. Seven species
of gulls were present at Redbud Park. We were amazed
by how few fish-eating birds were present on the
eastern side of the lake.
On Saturday the 5th, I relocated the male TUFTED DUCK
among about 500 scaup at Borax Lake. Its sides are
still dirty, as they were during the CBC on December
15, but it has a long, thin tuft and it is relatively
easy to find among the scaup whose numbers may rise
dramatically in the coming months. Rafts of 500-1000
NORTHERN SHOVELERS were out on Clear Lake at Clearlake
Park; I've never such such numbers on Clear Lake, so I
assume it had something to do with the storms (there
were still a few thousand at nearby Borax Lake,
presumably where they came from).
On Friday the 4th, I checked out Hidden Valley Lake
(the reservoir) and found 10 HORNED GREBES (storm
wrecked?), a COMMON LOON, and a mixed flock of about
25 TREE SWALLOWS and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS (definitely
no Barn Swallows among them). A CACKLING GOOSE was
among the CANADA GEESE on the golf course.
On Tuesday the 1st, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was
with a flock of CANADA GEESE at Detert Reservoir.
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.