Re: [Mendobirds] Borax Lake Baird's Sandpiper
- Steve, thanks for the report, which reminds me to report that shorebirds are suddenly moving through Lake County in good numbers. This summer I've been spending 1-3 days a week canoeing on Clear Lake and yesterday was my best day yet with 12 species, including: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (one flying at Konocti Vista Casino, three flying at Manning Creek), KILLDEER (several at various localities), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (one at Kelsey Creek), WILLET (one at Adobe Creek), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (one or more heard several times between Lakeport and Kelsey Creek), LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (five flying south of Lakeport), SPOTTED SANDPIPER (two at Kelsey Creek, one at Konocti Vista Casino), BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (one at Borax Lake), WESTERN SANDPIPER (four at Kelsey Creek, many at Borax Lake), LEAST SANDPIPER (one at Kelsey Creek, several at Borax Lake), WILSON'S PHALAROPE (25 at Borax Lake), and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (one at Borax Lake). Hopefully the shorebird populations at
Borax Lake will increase. Good shorebird habitat is now developing as water levels recede at the mouths of Kelsey Creek (accessible by foot) and Adobe Creek (accessible only by boat).
Incidentally, the nesting grebes are no longer faring well. This year an unusually high proportion of nests were built out on the water on submerged vegetation rather than along the shoreline on emergent vegetation, and the submerged vegetation seems to be dying off earlier than the past few years, resulting in many nests being blown by the wind from their anchors and drifting ashore. Yesterday we saw a hundred nests drifted ashore in one lagoon.
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