Lake Merritt Sunday afternoon
I knew there would be Sunday crowds at the lake, but it was easy enough to stay away from everyone. What I was hoping for was to find at least one Barrow's Goldeneye--they have been scarce there lately. It did not work for me, and I even walked past the homeless camps/used bicycle shops (not) to check the channel along Laney College.
I did have a nice selection of birds, being surprised to see seven White Pelicans. It used to be just the one which was unable to fly due to an injury. I had almost as many Red-breasted Mergansers (15) as Common Goldeneyes (20-25).
I probably overlooked a Western Grebe, but did have Clark's, Eared, Horned and Pied-billed. It was four gull species, too, Western, Ring-billed, California and Herring.
Guess I'll have to make the pilgrimage to Putah Creek to find a Barrow's.
Hugh B. Harvey