Bonaparte's Gulls and Whimbrels at Black Point shoreline

From: Bartshe Miller
Date: 4/18/99
Time: 8:53:56 AM
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8 Bonaparte's Gulls and a couple of Whimbrels along shoreline lagoons near Black Point, Mono Lake. About 100 Avocets, 220 Cinammon Teal, 75 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, pair of N. Pintail, 80 Ruddy Ducks, may Eared Grebes in breeding plumage, Western Sandpipers,16 Dowitcher sp. , 4 Willets, 2 Cormorants, and the usual assortment of CA Gulls. The rising lake has created a pumice and sediment berm along sections of the shore, isolating long brackish lagoons full of algae, and alkali fly larvae. The gulls patter their feet at the edge and stir up the algae and sediment picking off fly larvae as they get stirred to the surface.. Abundant "no-see-um" larvae present also.