Davis Wetlands, 1-July-06
- Between business travel and World Cup viewing, early this morning I was
finally able to squeeze in my first check of the City of Davis Wetlands
this shorebird season. With such a wet spring, the water levels in all
ponds are predictably high, and it is unlikely that there will be much
good habitat before August.
That said, I was pleased to find a flock of 8 adult WILLETS on the
islets in Wastewater Lagoon, always a good bird in Yolo County, and one
that seems to have a regular peak in movement throught the county in
early July based on my observations here. Also on the same lagoon were
four Long-billed Dowitchers. Otherwise, there was an abundance of young
of avocets, stilts, and Killdeers, and the traditional mid-summer
concentration of Redhead, plus the few oversummering ducks previously
reported by others.