I went around the lake this afternoon and
watched the gull roost develop until sundown. I did see one bird that I
believe was an imm. California Gull, but I am not sufficiently
confident for a report to MBRC. Also present were several thousand
Franklin's Gulls, 75-80 White Pelicans and lots of coots.
Also of interest was some Osprey behavior. As I
drove up to look over the Camp Branch swimming beach, I noticed an Osprey
sitting in the water about two feet from shore while another osprey circled
around overhead. Every now and then the Osprey in the water would dip his bill
into the water as though eating or drinking. He appeared to do that too many
times to be drinking. I speculate that he was taking underwater bites from a
fish he had caught and hiding it under water to prevent the circling
Osprey from stealing it. I watched for about 15 minutes. Eventually,
the circling Osprey left. Finally, the wading Osprey also left -- without a fish
in its talons.