Laurie and I made it out to Merced today and spent about 4 hours, mostly with the goose flock.
A few birds for count week in case they were missed (not seeing them in the summary): female common yellowthroat near the back observation deck; two hermit thrushes (one near the start of the tour, one out back near the deck); a white-throated sparrow (lifer. finally), and two tricolor blackbirds in a red-winged flock. Also ran into a small flock of brewer's blackbird. nice raptor: one swainson's hawk. Finally, a spotted sandpiper that photobombed a portrait session with a curlew.
when we arrived a couple of birders reported a pair of bald eagles had made a couple of passes near the entrance area, but we never saw them. I had no swans, no larks, no pipits (hmm...) and missed the burrowing owls again (where ARE they hiding?).
the white geese were 90%+ Ross's. Lots of immature birds. Found one blue morph snow goose in the flock, hanging out with about a dozen immature snow geese, but otherwise the snow geese were fairly rare in my samples. No banded geese today.
Chuq Von Rospach
Santa Clara, california