Orange Lake RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, Orange County

ATTENTION: ORANGE LAKE HAS NO PUBLIC ACCESS! My apologies for any misunderstanding this may have caused. The lake is private and there are no public viewing areas.

Click on the photo to enlarge, then use the icon magnifying glass to bring it in closer.  Though the photo may not be completely identifiable, our scope views and Matt's photo are.

Click on the photo to enlarge, then use the icon magnifying glass to bring it in closer. Though the photo may not be completely identifiable, our scope views and Matt’s photo are.


On Friday 5/22, Bruce Nott found a phalarope on Orange Lake. The bird was quite distant and though viewed by several people, the definite identity was not able to be discerned. Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalarope were both possibilities. This morning, Bruce found the bird again and notified several of us of its ongoing presence. Matt Zeitler called me a short time later to say he was on the bird but it was distant. I went over to find that Matt had the bird in his scope. It was much closer now and its identity was clear. It was a female breeding plumaged RED-NECKED PHALAROPE! I was able to reach Bill Fiero and he was able to come over and see the bird as well. At one point it was even closer, and Matt got some decent photos of the bird. I got some very grainy distant shots, one of which is attached. Thanks to Bruce and Matt for following up on this great spring bird!

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