Miller-Knox was unproductive this afternoon w/no Wigeon or Merganser flock.
The Richmond Marina was equally unproductive. No Scoters of any variety.
Things picked up at the Albany crescent. I accessed the area from Central Ave.
Shorebirds were abundant and mixed in was one lone RED KNOT.
Foraging with Northern Shovelers was a male and female BLUE-WINGED TEAL.
From there I stopped at Emery Pt. and had 2 male and 3 female REDHEAD.
I stopped at the east end of Lake Merritt and the Scaup flock was non-existent. Early November levels
were scattered around the lake, but the big numbers took a powder. No Tufted Duck, no Goldeneyes of
any flavor from that end of the Lake. I did not explore the channel.
I was stopped by a biker who thought he saw an Eagle in one of the island trees and it had rope hanging from its legs...
I speculated that it was the 10th anniversary return of the Saker Falcon, but when I could get a look at the bird it had
morphed into a Red-tailed Hawk, and there is simply rope wrapped around the limbs of the tree
where the bird was perched.
Good birding in 2014,