South Shore of Clear Lake
- Wed, 11 Mar 2009 -- Today I went to Lake County to look for a couple of
nemesis birds. I found my way to the slopes of Mount Konocti at the Riviera
West development. I drove up Riviera West Drive, took a right on Mountain
Crest Drive, and followed it to the end. Here I had a view of the cliffs
above and only had to wait about five minutes until several WHITE-THROATED
SWIFTS appeared among the Violet-green Swallows. I also found a PEREGRINE
FALCON sitting at the top of the closest cliff of columnar basalt.
Next I went to Clear Lake State Park and walked to the mouth of Kelsey
Creek. The trail is now flooded where it goes through the reeds, but I was
able to make it through with dry feet by stepping on the mats of tules
instead of the trail. The mud is covered with water now, but I got a little
further out on the matted vegetation and set up my scope. To my surprise I
picked up the SWAMP SPARROW almost immediately. It was in the furthest
clump of reeds as reported months ago. I probably would not have seen it
were it not making flycatching sallies out over the water. Two Song
Sparrows were doing the same thing. I probably saw 25 out-and-back flights.
I checked Adobe Creek Reservoir, Highland Springs Road, and Lyons Creek
for signs of Tricolored Blackbirds, but there were non yet. I also did not
find the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Lakeside Park today.
Back in Potter Valley, Mendocino Co. the BURROWING OWL was visible
again. I've seen it four-for four times since I found it on the 7th. From
the top of the knoll at the end of Burris Lane point your scope to the SE
and look for a rocky outcrop on a grassy hillside. The burrow is directly
in front of the rocks. The owl may be sitting totally in the open or partly
hidden a depression.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA