Klondike Lake birds

Observers: Tom Heindel
Email: tjheindelataoldotcom
Verification: MONO
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Date: 05/06/2008
Time: 05:18 PM -0400


Today, 6 May, birding between Klondike Lake and Tinemaha Reservoir produced some nice birds...all at Klondike Lake. Most notable was a Brant. This small goose is barely larger than a Mallard but has a black head, neck, breast and upper back. The white neck band just below the head was obvious. The undertail coverts and lower belly were white. This species is casual in Inyo County and not found every year. There were 2 adult Franklin's Gulls with black heads, medium gray mantle, and white "bracelets" medial to the black wing tips. The bill was dark red. The other two birds of interest were an Osprey and an American Bittern calling from the reeds on the west edge of the lake.