Re: [CB] Lake and Colusa counties
- This weekend is the Heron Days bird festival, Lake County (Clearlake)
I'll be there, but their sign ups are not too promising. Why not do your
bit to help these outfits while chasing down Luther's good stuff.
If not, I'll suppress the next good bird in Humboldt for a week this time!
Robert W. Hewitt
Director, LBJ Enterprises www.birdjobs.com
1707 E Street #5, Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-0339, fax (707) 260-0632, cell (707) 845-3189
Godwit Days Steering Committee www.godwitdays.com
April 16-19, 2004 9th Annual, 232 species cumulative.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Luther" <aplomado-falcon@...>
To: "countybirders" <email@example.com>; "Central Valley Birds"
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 11:10 PM
Subject: [CB] Lake and Colusa counties
> April 18 I birded Lake and Colusa counties in the sprinkles and under the
> nice cloud cover. I started by owling and poorwilling along highway 20
> of Williams to Lake Co. I heard W SCREECH and GREAT HORNED OWLS and
> POORWILL. At Clear Lake State Park there was a fly over light SWAINSON'S
> HAWK, a second year BALD EAGLE and at least two OSPREY. Along the lake
> shore and over the park were many swallows including at least one BANK
> SWALLOW. Along the Lucerne Cut Off at the north end of the lake in a
> flooded field were up to 20 G YELLOWLEGS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL with about 20
> CINNAMON TEAL, and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.
> Back in Colusa County there was a male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE at the Maxwell
> Sewage Ponds. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge had at least 8 RUFOUS
> HUMMINGBIRDS in the Bottlebrush as you drive into the refuge. Just beyond
> this it was great for shorebirds. Just beyond (about 10 feet) the
> information signs there was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER in a small pond. Many
> other shorebirds including 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were scattered over the
> mud flats in this area. Many AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen throughout the
> refuge. After driving the rest of the refuge (and seeing a LEAST BITTERN
> fly along the north-south road on the west side of the hugh pond on the
> south side of the bridge) I looked again for the Solitary Sandpiper on my
> way out. It was still there and while I was watching it a second SOLITARY
> SANDPIPER flew in and landed about 10 feet from the first one. They were
> still there when I left.
> It was a nice day in the valley.
> John Luther
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Things went well for Godwit Days, and I've been on the road since then, I
even saw a Solitary Sandpiper in Contra Costa. Gails Point development at
the end of Dougherty North off Hwy 580.
By the spillway.
Anyway, I realise that, even jokingly, my last comment to this group was
Well, let's hope my 40th birthday tomorrow brings a little wisdom.
See you then on Sunday per chance, at Clearlake State Park, Kelseyville.