Water, water, everywhere at Whitewater! Amazing change from recent years.
Doug and I stopped there on our way back from Slaughter Ranch (no Green Kingbird for us despite several hours of watching at the big pond but quite a few Yellow-billed Cuckoos entertained is while we watched). We arrived a little after 4 PM and walked around the dikes until around 5:30. It was windy and there were waves on the water! An unexpected surprise was: 4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS on the first pond on the right as you walk from the barn and at least 17 BLACK TERNS on the back ponds and resting on the spit that goes past the last viewing platform. Also more than 50 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a single LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 3 SORAS. In the distance with several GREAT BLUE HERONS were what looked like Snowy Egrets but being scopeless, I can't say for sure. Can't wait to go back when I have more time. I'll put some photos of the ponds and the ducks on my Facebook page ASAP.
One note about access to San Bernardino NWR from Slaughter Ranch. This is no more. Sadly the gate has been closed to all entry, reasons were unclear but we were informed of this by Fred, the manager. We usually enter from this spot as it isn't as long a walk as from the actual entry to the NWR farther down the road. So, we were disappointed that we were not able to get in that way.