USTP, L. Mendocino 9/12
- Fri, 12 Sep 2003 -- I birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant this morning
from 10:00-11:00. The water level and exposed mud in the south pond is
excellent now for drop-in shorebirds. Numbers were low, but there was an
interesting mix: 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 1 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, 4 LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, 10 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 20 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 1 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, and 3 immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS
At Lake Mendocino I found 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS sitting on the
east shore - visable from the south marina or the Joe Riley picnic area.
There were 15 CASPIAN TERNS sitting on a bar near Miti Campground spit, and
4 HORNED GREBES were in the water nearby.
Finally, there was an AMERICAN DIPPER on the rocks under the old
Potter Valley Road bridge where they have nested for at least the last
Potter Valley, MEN, CA