Thor, et. al.:
Hart Memorial Park along the Kern River on the outskirts of Bakersfield.
Hart Park is a 370-acre unit of 1012-acre Kern River County Park.
Rose-ringed Parakeets are most easily heard and
seen in the area between the main lake in the
park and the river. They seem to particularly
favor the sycamores in the park. I always find
them most easily at the northeast corner of the
main lake at the junction of Lake and Levee
(interior park roads). However, you can pretty
much hear them from anywhere in the park then go find them.
NOTE: It is remarkable how such a bright,
fair-sized, colorful parakeet can blend in with
its surroundings. Since your visit will take
place in January, many of the trees will be
leafless, making observation perhaps easier for
you than in spring, summer, and fall.
For more on Bakersfield's Rose-ringed Parakeets
visit Nature Ali's Rose-ringed Parakeets of Bakersfield web page:
Bob Banes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
At 09:32 AM 12/9/2010, you wrote:
>Hi California birders: I have recently read on
>the web that Bakersfield has the largest
>population of Rose ringed Parakeets in North
>America. I am well aware that this is an exotic
>bird, and not countable on any state, or ABA
>lists. However, I always enjoy seeing new birds,
>and, as I will be passing through this area, in
>January, I would like to have an opportunity to see them.
>Does anyone have any up-to-date information on
>reliable spots/roosts where they can be seen?
>Thanks for any information. Thor
>Oliver, British Columbia, Canada.
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