On Friday, January 7th, Jeff Bleam led our first field trip of 2022, visiting Diamond Creek Pond. Below are his field trip report and several photos he submitted from his checklist.
This was LAS's first trip for 2022 to a pond/lake at the south end of the Reno Valley. This is a good winter walk and we were not disappointed. There were SHOVELERS, RB and CAL GULLS, many PIED-BILLED GREBES, and HOODED MERANGERS. At the steel bridge with saw LESSER and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and then a flyover of a BALD EAGLE with later an immature BAEA. Along the wetlands downstream of the pond, we heard VA RAILS, and many RW BLACKBIRDS singing: is spring that near. We also had the local GOOSE, sp that have been in the area for at least 4 years and a SNOW GOOSE. Of note is the continuing very light Canada Goose that has been in the area for about 3 years. We ended the walk with 39 species on a very cool stormy morning that turned into a pleasant end of the walk.