Date: 2/13/20 7:09 am From: Chet McGaugh <chetmcgaugh...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply...> Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Riverside County stuff
Trips with Bob, Mark, Tony, solo in the past week -- most enjoyable,
The ongoing duck show at NESS; 18 duck species on Feb 12, with Bob McKernan, included Garganey, ~ dozen each of Surf Scoter and Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Merganser, Blue-winged Teal ~ 500, with Redheads, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers likely double+ that; or I could say - uncountable.
Also at NESS, Neotropic Cormorant, Horned Grebe - 2, Reddish Egret - 2, Laughing Gull, Western Gull, Vermilion Flycatcher and, in the uncountable category - 1000 Bonaparte's Gulls, and (we didn't see) Black-headed Gull.
On Sunday, in inclement weather, Tony Metcalf and I led a San Bernardino Valley Audubon trip to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Most impressive were Bald Eagles - 10, the continuing juvenile Swainson's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Tundra Swan - 3, a good assortment of shorebirds, included Dunlins and Lesser Yellowlegs but we couldn't find Ruff.
Tony, Mark Chappell and I, made a quick, easy and successful afternoon run down to French Valley Wildlife Area, Feb 8, to see the Rough-legged Hawk perform. Lovely bird. Mark got stunning photos - what he does.
Feb 7, SJWA, I found a Bank Swallow in a migratory flock of Barn and Tree Swallows -- a very early (record?) spring migrant. Speaking of swallows -- several Cliff Swallows (right on time) at NESS Feb 12.