Lake County Emperor Goose (5 October 2002)
- North Bay Birders, Mendocino County Birders:
Yesterday (5 October 2002) I headed straight for the first-winter Emperor
Goose at Rodman Slough (Clear Lake, Lake County). I arrived shortly after 2
PM and saw what appeared to be the Emperor Goose from the Rodman Slough
Bridge. I then drove to the pull-out 0.4 mile west of the bridge from where
the Emperor Goose was much easier to see being it was only a "stone-throw"
The Vesper Sparrow continued among the Savannah Sparrows at 11315 High
Valley Road along the south side of the road. I next drove two miles past
the end of pavement hoping for a Greater Roadrunner or anything else. No
such luck. I stopped again at 11315 High Valley Road on the way back and
refound the Vesper Sparrow one more time. Down the road I ran into Jim and
Sheree Lomax of Contra Costa County looking for the Vesper Sparrow. I told
them I had just seen it and was now looking for a Yellow-billed Magpie.
Later Jim and Sheree did see the Vesper Sparrow in addition to a
Yellow-billed Magpie at the same location, 11315 High Valley Road. There is
always a reason to return to Lake County.
Next I moved onto the east end of Borax Lake via 11th Street. I walked
along the shore to the south-east corner of the lake and looked west toward
a spit where the three Greater White-fronted Geese were hanging out. There
was no sign of the two Blue-winged Teal that Jerry White had reported the
Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA, Alameda County