early waterfowl report
- It is still very early, but many species of waterfowl have returned.
At the Wigeon Ponds in the SNWR it is still mostly mallards, a few
wigeon, a couple of gadwall, and a few hundred geese (none white). On
Saturday they were less than a half percent of what will be there in
three weeks. Mostly the SNWR is dry, the Bypass is dry, but there is
enough water to hold all the inbound waterfowl at the Wigeon Ponds. I
was pretty sure that I saw a Eurasian wigeon there, but in a driving
rain it was hard to be certain. Dingville (near Bobelaine) held a few
swans on Saturday.
Last week I did the eight mile District 10 loop in Yuba County and
found very few waterfowl until I found one flooded rice field. It held
yellowlegs, mallards, killdeer, and one swimming WILSON'S PHALOROPE.
The Marysville Sewage Ponds were sparsely populated. There were eleven
I was in Siskiyou County all summer (and chased probable white-winged
crossbills on Mt. Shasta).