Mendocino Co. 12/1
- Hi all,
I spent Sunday making a big loop through Mendocino Co. Nothing rare but some
I stopped to scope the ocean south of Pt. Arena and saw lots of Pacific Loons
moving south as well as 8-10 N. Fulmars. Ten Great Egrets standing on
floating kelp seemed interesting.
At Pt. Arena there were 2 Willets, 6 Oystercatchers and 90 Black Turnstones.
The albatross with the imaginative name was a no-show while I was there.
The Sandhill Crane was still present on the flats at Garcia though I didn't
see either Rough-legged or Ferruginous Hawks.
Hunter's Lagoon had 3 female Hooded Mergansers.
I didn't see much at Lake Davis but offshore I saw more fulmars as well as a
single Marbled Murrelet, 2 Rhino Auklets, several Red Phalaropes, a pair of
Black Scoters and quite a few more Fulmars.
A flock of 200+ Tricolored Blackbirds were along Hwy 1 at mile 23.50.
Heading inland I took Hwy 128 and then 253 towards Ukiah. A quick stop about
a mile down the road at an obvious spot yielded 2 Rock Wrens.
Along Burris Lane in Potter Valley there was a single Say's Phoebe (needed
that!) and at least 3 Lewis's Woodpeckers. The pond at the end of the road
had lots of Am. Wigeon and Ring-necked Ducks but nothing out-of-place.
A quick scoping from the dam area of Lake (puddle, really) Mendocino produced
18 Hooded Mergansers and single Snow and Ross's Geese in with the Canadas.
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