Juv Common Moorhens Seen Again
- Thu, 18 June 2009 -- George Chaniot and I met at Mendocino College
to look for the two juvenile COMMON MOORHENS at the "rail pond" on
the campus of Mendocino College in Ukiah. George confirmed these
birds as the first breeding record of COMO in Mendocino County this
past Sunday, 14 June. We also were interested in trying to refind a
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON that George saw on Sunday.
We had to wait a while to finally see the two young COMO's emerge from
the cattails on the east side of the larger pond that is closest to the buildings.
They are growing quickly! One of the parents was near the north side of
There were a few other VERY interesting sightings while we were there.
One was the traveling clump of cattails that George mentioned in his previous
post on 6/14. There was no breeze at all, but this clump of living cattails,
about 4 ft in diameter, moved back and forth over a 8-10 yard area! There
must be an animal (maybe the beaver I saw another time) propelling the
cattails around the pond - a very puzzling sight to see. Also, we watched
dragonflies and snake(s). Caution>>>> a Western Rattlesnake was by
the path at the south side of the pond. It was still cool, so the snake moved
slowly across the path and into a low area of gray, granite-type rocks.
These rocks are easy to see, so take care in that specific area.
After George had to leave, I stayed on to continue looking for the BCNH.
It was not to be found! On the east side of the smaller pond to the south,
I got great looks at a slow moving, 4 ft Gopher Snake. I got fairly close
to the adult COMO on the north side of the "rail" pond.
Park at the east end of the main parking lot and walk south to the ponds,
which are just west of where the entrance road turns north.
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