- On Saturday the 2nd I found two possible KUMLIEN'S
ICELAND GULLS (1st-cycle and 2nd-cyle) among the
hordes of gulls at Redbud Park in Clearlake. I am
uncertain of the identity of both birds; they could
well be pale Thayer's (or hybrid Herring X
Glaucous-winged or Hering X Glaucous, though they
seemed too small). Photos are posted at:
I could not relocate either bird on Sunday the 3rd,
but tallied my high count of 8 WESTERN GULLS (5
adults, 3 1st-cycle).
Also on Saturday there was a male RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER at Lake Escape Resort, just north of Austin
Park. Back on 19 January I found a pair of BARROW'S
GOLDENEYES at Austin Park and briefly glimpsed a
raptor, possibly a SHORT-EARED OWL, fly low and land
in a field at dawn at Anderson Marsh (it didn't flush
when I walked to the spot).
I last observed the male TUFTED DUCK at Borax Lake on
January 5. My high count for scaup this year was 875
on January 12; only 530 were present on February 2.
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.