Friday, January 01, 2010

Red Phalaropes
On Dec 22, Jaime del Valle found a deceased red phalarope on Cachagua road, and Eric Walters observed another just south of Haystack Hill at mile 26 on Carmel Valley Road. Evidently the storm of about Dec 19 brought in a group of Red Phalaropes to the Hastings area. This bird does not do well on land, breeding in the arctic tundra, and wintering well out to sea. The remains of the found phalarope will be deposited at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley.