This morning I headed out to the coast before work. With the rain and wind that just came through this week, I thought clearing conditions might produce some bird movement out over the ocean.
I wasn't disappointed. Two female LONG-TAILED DUCKS led the way for a line of cormorants who were making their way towards a large feeding frenzy north of Pescadero Creek. My first two Long-taileds that I have ever found myself.
Tomorrow I am taking off on a try to the South Bay, then Sunol, and then the East Bay. I may even make it out to the Central Valley. I'm going to try to leave at about 5am. That ought to give me a good headstart before first light. I'm trying to get down to the South Bay fairly early to look for a Bar-tailed Godwit that has been seen down there lately.
Some other birds I have a chance at include:
Snow Goose- on the bay somewhere or in the Central Valley
Tundra Swan- one was report recently somewhere in the South Bay
Tufted Duck- A bird has shown up on Lake Merritt in Oakland for about 5 winters in a row. Someon reported in the other day.
Barrow's Goldeneye-various SF Bay locations
Painted Redstart- Unbelievably one has been in Berkeley for about a week now. I sure hope it will stick around a few more days!
I'll report more when I get back.