Today, 10/25/17, David Vander Pluym and I spent the day doing field work above Alamo Lake and finished the afternoon with a quick scan of the upper portion of the lake.
Our highlight was a calling CASSIN'S FINCH at Palmerita Ranch on the Santa Maria River above the lake. We also had decent numbers of Gray Flycatchers in the area (~5). Otherwise, the river was rather quiet.
On the upper end of the lake, we were impressed with the number of birds. The main highlight was a remarkable count of 54 COMMON LOONS - these were all toward the deeper end of the lake and it's likely that we missed birds closer to the dam. Second was a flock of five SURF SCOTERS trying to blend with Ruddy Ducks at the upper end. Other good birds included an early Snow Goose, 95 Lesser Scaup (good count for the date), three early HORNED GREBES, 13 Neotropic Cormorants, and a late Forster's Tern.