Stanislaus and Merced County Birding
Hello all Central Valley Birders,
Today, my parents and I did some birding in several locations in western Stanislaus and Merced counties. There were two main highlights today:
1) At the intersection of CA-132 and Gates Road/Paradise Road east of the San Joaquin River NWR (https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-121.158109,16.25z), we saw a massive flock of geese in a field SE of the intersection. Upon closer inspection, we realized the flock consisted of thousands (we estimated around 8,000) Aleutian Cackling Geese, with some Snow Geese mixed in.
eBird List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80628770
2) At Merced NWR, we saw 2 Vermilion Flycatchers. One was a female at the SW corner of the auto tour route, and a male in a tree next to the Bittern Marsh area at the SE corner. That, and an estimated around 45,000 white geese throughout the rufuge, most presumably Ross's.
eBird List: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80628834