4/21 Phainopepla at HREC

Chuck & Barbara Vaughn

Greetings Mendobirders- This morning on the Peregrine Audubon Society
field trip to the UC Hopland Center, George Gibbs spotted a male
PHAINOPEPLA. It was seen by all 29 participants. This is the first HREC
record, the first spring record for Mendocino County, and just our ninth
record ever. The bird was in an unlikely location on the edge of the
chaparral at about 2800'. The is in the upper reaches of the southern
Scott's Creek watershed, a tributary to Clear Lake. These birds are much
more common in Lake County than locally, and it is not a stretch to
imagine that this bird originated there. Thank you, George!


Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
Ukiah, CA