Date: 10/31/20 6:14 pm From: Harry Fuller <atowhee...> Subject: [obol] cold morning at Baskett Slough--swans & falcons
Philippe Pessereau, TimWilson and I birded the Baskett Slough loop this morning. The fog lifted early but the cold remained. By 1030AM our fingers were no longer numb. We had three falcon species. I think I would need to go to Klamath basin to get four in one day right now. And I think we had both swan species. There was a trio of Trumpeters in the marsh south of Coville Road. Through our scopes we could see the straight plane of the face from forehead to beak tip. There was no way for us to get good images or get any closer than the roadside. Then as we drove Smithfield Road northward we could see dozens of swans in the lakes along the valley to our east. These had color near the lores and we took them for Tundra Swans, perhaps still heading south?
On Smithfield we got fine views of a Peregrine with perfect morning light. Along Livermore Road we noticed a Merlin after it was harassed by a harrier. Earlier we had seen one harrier harrying another along Livermore Road.
Along Smithfield we also had a Black Phoebe and Say's Phoebe hunting the same stretch of road. Our lone Hooded Merganser (female) of the day was in the small farm pond downhill from Van Duzer Winery where Smithfield has an elbow. The lone Snow Goose was in the marsh north of Coville Road just before it heads uphill to Smithfield Road junction.
I know you're dying to know if we found coots--yes.