Pyramid Lake, Washoe Co., Nev (Sep 11th, 2005)
We saw 2 jaegers on the W side of Pyramid Lake today.
The first was at the Willows (9:15am) where we had a brief glimpse of it
harassing a flock of 3 Caspian Terns flying N along the shore. It was
probably a dark or intermediate immature (there was no obvious tail
projection). We didn't see it well enough to guess at the species.
Observers: Fred & Gail Petersen, Susie Marshall, Don Molde
We saw the second jaeger at the Delta 4 hours later (1:15pm). We had a
fairly good look this time, though not as good as we would have liked.
When first spotted it was interacting with a Northern Harrier over the
water; it then flew inland over the mudflats, crossed the bluffs separating
the latter from the desert, & disappeared from view. Probably an immature
Parasitic Jaeger: dark or intermediate phase with conspicuous white wing
flashes above & below & a short, sharply-pointed central tail projection.
Observers: Fred Petersen, Susie Marshall.
Otherwise it was fairly quiet with nothing unusual: an Osprey at Numana; 2
Marbled Godwits, a few Semipalmated Plovers & lots of peeps (we didn't have
a scope with us) at the Delta; & 3 Black Phoebes (2 at Marble Bluff Dam & 1