By water birds I mean those that are attracted to marshes, ponds, lakes, rivers and coastal areas. Winter is a good time to see water birds in Plumas County and nearby areas.
When attempting to identify water birds on Lake Almanor, Sierra Valley, the Quincy water treatment ponds or the ponds east of the La Porte Road it is useful to have a spotting scope with 20 to 60 times magnification. Some places provide a closer view of water birds such that they can be identified with birding binoculars that have only eight times magnification. One such place is Hansen’s pond located at the north end of Quincy Junction Road just before the junction with Chandler Road. This winter I have seen hooded mergansers, ring-necked ducks, American wigeons, mallards, American white pelicans, tundra swans, great blue herons, great egrets, Canada geese and a greater white-fronted goose on or near this pond.