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Checklist S12058435

 
Location
Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
50 minute(s)
Distance:
0.25 mile(s)
Observers:
William Legge
Comments:
Wind SW, moderate to fresh, overcast with driving rain/drizzle, and visibility down to 200 yards, slowly clearing, 15C
Species
25 species total
2
Mallard
5
Greater Scaup

Main lagoon

1
Lesser Scaup

1st winter male on main lagoon

2
Bufflehead
7
Common Goldeneye

Including 2 adult and 1 1st winter male

2
Red-breasted Merganser

Redheads on main lagoon

1
Ruddy Duck

Female omn the main lagoon

1
Pied-billed Grebe
1
Eared Grebe

Main lagoon

5
Western Grebe

5+ main lagoon

16
American Coot (Red-shielded)

On main lagoon. None seen on the inner lagoon

1
Heermann's Gull

Flew S offshore

1
Ring-billed Gull

1st winter on the main lagoon briefly

15
Western Gull
20
California Gull
2
Glaucous-winged Gull
1
Black Tern

First picked up on the tern while scanning through a mixed flock of gulls that had come in and landed in the middle of the main lagoon at 7:10am. The tern was floating around above the flock, occasionally dipping down and almost looking like it was trying to land on the water in the middle of the gull flock, then it moved off up the eastern end of the main lagoon and into the gloom. A few minutes later it re-appeared working its way towards the western end of the main lagoon c. 10 feet above the water in typical tern fashion. Took my eye off it to wipe down my scope, and I couldn't refind it, suggesting it headed back out over the ocean. I couldn't age the bird given the conditions. My third Black Tern for the Lagoon over the last 10-years (the others being in July and October), and obviously a very late/unusual date. It would seem to suggest that this 'warm' storm that has come in from the SW may have brought a few interesting birds in with it.

3
Brown Pelican

Moving S offshore, one of which visited the main lagoon

1
Snowy Egret
1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1
Wrentit
3
Western Bluebird
8
White-crowned Sparrow
1
California Towhee
1
Spotted Towhee
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes