White-faced Ibis at USTP
- Sat, 10 May 2003 -- Finally, a sunny May morning.* The big wave of
migrating shorebirds at the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant seems to be
passing, but there was a single WHITE-FACED IBIS on the mud in the N. pond.
It disappeared and reappeared several times; probably moving into the
vegetation. Also present were 2 Least Sandpipers, 1 Wilson's Snipe, 1
Greater Yellow--legs, and 1 Spotted Sandpiper.
Along the Russian River there were a lot of singing migrants:
Yellow-breasted Chat, Swainson's Thrush, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli
Bunting, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, among others.
On the S. pond there is still a variety of ducks including 3
REDHEADS, and Ruddy Ducks doing complete bubble display to copulation. I
wonder if ruddies will nest here again this year. Several nests on American
Coot were in the process of hatching, with tiny downies in their spiked,
orange, punk hairdoos.
George Chaniot, Potter Valley, MEN, CA
Note: The Ruffed Grouse map that did not come through with Bob Keiffer's
recent post can be viewed in the Files section of Mendobirds at
* "Era un buen día de Mayo, y los pájaros silbaban en la enramada." Opening
line of Robin Hood, or dRohbeen Ood, which I used to read to my son before
I fell asleep.