Sooty Grouse ; and trip to Usal
- On the morning of Tuesday August 31st while driving on Mountain View Road there were 2 grouse; 1 about 1/4 mile or so east of milemarker 9.25 and another about 1/4 mile west of that same milemarker.
A total of 16 Mountain Quail were seen on the trip over.
Later that day there was a Baird's Sandpiper on Virgin Creek Beach.
On Wednesday September 1st I made a trip to Usal. Did not turn up any hoped for early vagrants but there were some other birds(and weather) of interest. There was a Northern Mockingbird in very worn plumage.
For the last several years I have been keeping a list of all of the birds recorded at Usal; and on this day I found 4 new birds for that list including a Northern Pintail, a Snowy Egret, a juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron, and a female Lazuli Bunting.
As for the weather, at around 10:30 AM a very strong warm easterly wind kicked up and the temperature soared to 79 degrees (the warmest I have ever recorded out there) and then within about 50 minutes or so it dropped back down to 67 degrees.
The rest of the day was spent on a chase trip to see the AMERICAN AVOCET. A bit of "useful" information in case anyone ever again needs to know; it took 2 hours and 8 minutes to drive from Usal to the parking lot at the Water Treatment Facility in Ukiah. Jerry White
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