Wilson's Phalarope's Galore on Mono Lake

From: Chris Howard and Rosie Beach
Email: choward@telis.org
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Date: 07/13/02
Time: 09:14 PM


If you're anywhere near Mono Lake, you've got to check out the thousands and thousands of Wilson's Phalarope congregated on the shoreline at the end of the County Park boardwalk. A few weeks ago there were maybe a few thousand...now there are at least ten-fold that amount. It's absolutely amazing. Every few minutes groups of several thousand take off and swarm and turn in unison, only to land on the nearby shore again. By nightfall, they leave boardwalk shoreline in groups out onto the lake. It's only a matter of weeks before they've had their fill of alkali flies and fly non-stop to South America. (By the way, we only saw a couple juveniles.)