Black Scoter, Burrowing Owl, Mountain Bluebird



Oft reported male BLACK SCOTER at Richmond Marina was close in to Peninsula Drive at Harbor View Drive -- the last (gated) road before Vincent Park parking lot -- at 11'ish. It was with GREATER SCAUP. It posed for some good photos, then vocalized repeatedly. County bird visual observation, and life vocalization.

BURROWING OWL (not a county bird) on Byron Hot Springs Road about 100 meters south of Holey Road. It resolutely stood at its burrow near the fence, despite our proximity in the car. Nice photo op.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD -- single male exactly at the junction of Holey & Byron Hot Springs Road. As Denise Wight observed last month, lighting here is important, and this one perched on the fence on the north side of Holey -- where it needed to be for optimal lighting. Again, great photo op.

Good birding,
Stephen Long
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley
diomedea at berkeley dot edu

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