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  • vishnu
    Monday 4/6, I kayaked in the area west of the Lake County Park on the south side of Clear Lake. (along the lake shore between the county park and the Indian
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 7 12:10 AM
      Monday 4/6, I kayaked in the area west of the Lake County Park on the
      south side of Clear Lake. (along the lake shore between the county
      park and the Indian casino).
      Birds of note (to me) were a Common Moorhen and very, very many
      vociferously singing Marsh Wrens. The one Marsh Wren I had long
      careful looks at had a prominent blue horizontal stripe across his
      upper breast. The stripe appeared to be about 1/4 wide and was a
      grayish blue on an otherwise cream white throat above and breast
      below. Sorry, no photo. I've never seen or heard of this before. Does
      anyone know whether this was an anomaly or a regular breeding feature?

      I had gone out to check on the status of the Western/Clark's Grebe
      population and in 4 hours I saw not a one. (I did hear one in the
      distance behind me, at one point.)
      Has anyone seen Grebe flocks in other parts of Clear Lake recently?
      I bring this up because it is my understanding that the last
      successful breeding season there was in the spring of 2006. There was
      no real breeding population the past 2 years and in 2007, at least,
      it was attributed to a fish die-off. Any related information would be
      appreciated.

      Vishnu
    • Floyd Hayes
      I encourage volunteers to participate with the survey on breeding populations of fish-eating birds of Clear Lake, which is described here:  
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 7 9:03 AM
        I encourage volunteers to participate with the survey on breeding populations of fish-eating birds of Clear Lake, which is described here:
         
        http://www.geocities.com/floyd_hayes/research_clearlake
         
        Last year we didn't get much data (and for those of you who never sent me data, it's not too late!) but I currently have a small grant and plan to visit the major breeding bird colonies this spring with one or more students, so any assistance from volunteers would be greatly appreciated.
         
        On Sunday the 5th I canoed with Doug Weidemann at Anderson Marsh. We found a number of active nests including 19 GREAT BLUE HERON, 1 GREAT EGRET, 1 OSPREY and 1 RED-TAILED HAWK. The heron rookery was near some homes and, after some exploration by car, we found out that most of the heron nests could be conveniently observed from Harbor Lane at the south end of Clearlake, from where we also saw a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE. The Osprey nest is in front of the Mormon Church at the end of Lakeview Way. We saw very few grebes; Doug has the data so I'm not sure of exact numbers but I think we saw four WESTERN GREBES and two CLARK'S GREBES in an area where there was a major colony several years ago.
         
        At the moment Doug and I are working on a new website for the project in which we would like to post the most recent results submitted to us from volunteers. I'll post a message here when the website is ready later this week.
         
        Floyd Hayes
        Hidden Valley Lake, CA




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      • Floyd Hayes
        Doug Weidemann has completed the new webpage (although I see some minor revision is needed) for the breeding survey of fish-eating birds at Clear Lake, posted
        Message 3 of 4 , Apr 10 4:43 PM
          Doug Weidemann has completed the new webpage (although I see some minor revision is needed) for the breeding survey of fish-eating birds at Clear Lake, posted here:

          www.geocities.com/clearlakebirdresearch

          If you scroll down you will see links to the results by sector and species. This is just a start. We hope that others will join us in the coming months...

          Floyd Hayes
          Hidden Valley Lake, CA
        • Floyd Hayes
          Doug Weidemann and I birded around Clear Lake today. Our best bird was a 1st-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at WalMart (my 11th gull species on the roof!) and also at the
          Message 4 of 4 , Dec 11, 2009
            Doug Weidemann and I birded around Clear Lake today. Our best bird was a 1st-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at WalMart (my 11th gull species on the roof!) and also at the landfill in Clearlake. It's a pure white bird, very easy to spot among the 1000 or so gulls. We also saw a 2nd-cycle "white-winged" gull with pale eyes and brown-tinged wingtips, intermediate in size between a California Gull and Herring Gull, that looks like a chunky Iceland Gull or a petite hybrid of Glaucous X Herring or Glaucous-winged X Herring or Glaucous X Glaucous-winged--we gave up on it!

            At Lucerne Harbor we found a "different" Empidonax flyatcher and Jerry White joined us to help identify it. We concluded it was a HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER. It was in the clump of willows just south of the docks.

            At Lakeside County Park in Kelseyville we tallied 19 CACKLING GEESE.

            On 5 December, Nick Shepherd saw four BARROW'S GOLDENEYES at Pirate's Cove in Clearlake Park, but I was unable to find them the following day or today. But I did see a pair of PHAINOPEPLAS there on 6 December.

            Also on 6 December I got some cool photos of an adult RING-BILLED GULL with brown eyes and another adult RING-BILLED GULL with a gray right leg and greenish-yellow left leg, both at Redbud Park. We saw the latter again today. One of these days I'll post some photos...

            Floyd Hayes
            Hidden Valley Lake, CA
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