Gary Johnson, Paul Habiger and I visited
Fountain Grove CA and Swan Lake NWR today. On the way home we went by Sunshine
Lake and Cooley Lake CA.
Birding was tough -- singing
has tapered way off -- but we ended the day with 71 species. Gary did hear
several sedge Wrens singing at Fountain Grove. We did not get the
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Fountain Grove. However, we could not figure
out how to get in to view Stinson Marsh. They may well be there. Caspian Tern
and an imm. Bald Eagle were probably our best birds there.
A Swan Lake, the shorebirds were quite distant,
as expected. We were able to call one breeding plumaged Black-bellied Plover and
a few others, such as Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper. However, some of the others were too far to
We did see and hear a Sedge Wren. Except for a
lone ault Blue Goose, Silver Lake was a disappointment. The road to the east
entrance (where I usually see roosting terns) was closed.
We picked up Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper
and Killdeer in a puddle on the way home. We also drove by Sunshine Lake and
Cooley Lake. Sunshine yielded an adult Bald Eagle and a Cooper's Hawk. Cooley
yielded a flying Hooded Merganser, a swimming Pied-billed Grebe and a Green