Mendocino, Lake & Tehama Cos. - 18 Mar 2009
- Mendocino Co.
Started a very long day at Mendocino College in Ukiah a little after
dawn. In the pond to the left of the entrance road, I finally saw a
SORA. Also in the pond were 16 HOODED MERGANSERS, 2 WOOD DUCKS and 1
COMMON MOORHEN - a very dramatic assemblage.
1 ROCK WREN was sunning itself on a rock just inside the cyclone fence
at the dam at Lake Mendocino. Backtracked a bit to the Crofoot
property on Hwy 101 between Hopland and Ukiah. 1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE was still associating with the Canada Geese.
In Potter Valley, it took a bit of waiting for the BURROWING OWL to
emerge from its burrow as seen from the end of Burris Rd.
With help from Brad Barnwell, walked out toward the mouth of Kelsey
Creek at Clear Lake State Park. No luck with the Swamp Sparrow, it
didn't help that a boatload of fisherman was parked at the creek
mouth. Did see lots of MARSH WRENS and 1 FOX SPARROW.
2 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS were twinkling with swallows over the cliffs
on Mt. Konochti.
Had enough time so decided to try for the Eurasian Wigeon seen
yesterday at Hog Lake which is on the north side of Hwy 36 east of Red
Bluff. All of the wigeon had moved on, but was compensated for their
loss by 6 HOODED MERGANSERS at Hog Lake.
A tree at the gray house at the corner of Hwy 36 and Stice had 1 male
GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE. There may have been another grackle lower down
in the same tree, but it was obscured and I couldn't get a good angle
The pond at the corner of Stice and St. Mary's Ave. had a flock of 10
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 2 ROSS'S GEESE hanging out with the
The ponds at the foot of the dam at Black Butte Reservoir had RUDDY
DUCKS, 1 male CANVASBACK and 3 WOOD DUCKS.
Black Butte Reservoir itself was fairly empty of birds, but there was
a small flock of gulls at the boat ramp at Buckhorn Campground. It had
5 RING-BILLED GULLS, 5 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and 1 CALIFORNIA GULL.