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Checklist S37974172

 
Location
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:45 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
4 hour(s), 31 minute(s)
Distance:
3.7 mile(s)
Observers:
Ed Harper
Comments:
This was my first visit to the area since it opened June 1st following the floods of winter. Upon learning that some shorebirds were present, I took off for the NE portion of the area where the shorebirds had been reported. There I met Hugh Dingle and, while we were chatting, our conversation was cut short when we discovered a Black Skimmer at 11:50 AM among a group of Caspian Terns. We were both surprised and elated as this is the first record for Yolo County. We alerted a number of people and I stayed around another 2 1/2 hours to keep the bird in view. It appeared to have come in from a long flight as it simply rested and slept most of the time. It finally began to stir and took a brief flight away from the flooded field before returning again in about 20 minutes to the same place where it again rested with a half dozen Caspian Terns. Happily, a number of folks arrived to share in this delight. The bird was still present when I left around 2:30 PM.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.140
Species
50 species total
2
3
16

8 ducklings

1
2
4
1
1
17
6
4
250
15
4
50
6
6
1

Photos; discovered at 11:50 AM while birding with Hugh Dingle. Found in the midst of a gathering of American White Pelicans and Caspian Terns. A large, distinctive tern: black dorsally, white ventrally, unique bill with lower mandible appreciably longer than upper mandible, distal portion of bill black, basal portion orange.

© Ed Harper

Average Quality

Black Skimmer with Caspian Tern at Yolo Basin Wetlands

© Ed Harper

Average Quality

Black Skimmer on the wing at Yolo Basin Wetlands

4
74
6
21
23
2
44
2
1
1
1
2
2
Breeding Code
FY Feeding Young (Confirmed)
4
2
1
2
45
4
1
160
2
5
1
2
6
5
30
6
1
3
12
 

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Yes