- Greetings Mendobirders,
This morning (Sat Oct 25) Gary & Judy Maddox and I spent several hours
at Laguna point searching for the Long-billed Murrelet. At 1000 I saw
what I believe to be the LONG-BILLED MURRELET about 200 yards due north
of the outer observation deck. Unfortunately I found the bird just as
it dived and was unable to relocate it. All the field marks I saw were
consistent with LBMU but unfortunately I was unable to study the bird.
There were many birds moving south including all three common loon
species, one LONG-TAILED DUCK, and 12-15 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and two
BLACK SCOTERS among the long lines of SURF SCOTERS. We also saw two
NORTHERN FULMARS and 9 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES. The ROCK SANDPIPER
continued on the rocks north of the outer observation deck and RED
PHALAROPES were abundant. At Lake Cleone the hen CANVASBACK continued
along with one aleutian CANADA GOOSE.
- Matthew Matthiessen