Merced County, 8 miles south of Merced, 6 miles west of Hwy 99
Sandy Mush Rd., 3 miles East of Hwy 59, at intersection of Healy Rd. A single male was in a willow and Cottonwood thicket in a slough, on the north side of the road, opposite a dairy feed lot. Several nests of unknown species were in the willows. In previous years there has been a night heron rookery just 50 yards upstream (east). Several Red-Wings were in the willows as well.