A decision was made to bird 1.25 miles of Sierra Way in the South
Fork Kern River Valley in the southern Sierra Nevada of Kern County
this morning from CA Hwy 178 north to the north end of the road cut
just beyond the bridge over the South Fork Kern River riverbed (now
dry) to try and "beef up" the existing sixteen species entered
previously for location for this August 15-21 eBird week in all past
years. Much of this route borders Audubon-California Kern River
Sometimes birding highlights for many are not confined to rarities.
My highlight today was looking up and seeing a flock of eighteen
birds drop from the sky to land on the utility wires between two
telephone wires. The initial thought when this flock was still well
up in the air was that they were Red-winged Blackbirds flying in to a
regularly used perching area for that latter species. But, as they
were descending, binocular assistance showed them all to be Western
Kingbirds. Clearly this was not a family group. All but surely, these
kingbirds were southeast bound fall migrants all travelling together.
On the wires, they were all faced toward Sierra Way which added to
the spectacle for me. The word which fits this experience for me, and
which should probably not be used often, is sublime. Yes, that's it.
It was a sublime experience.
Two Summer Tanagers and three Blue Grosbeaks were among the 37
species tallied during the 5:02am-7:42am, 2.5 mile walk this morning.
For those interested in perusal of the complete list of 37 species,
numbers of individuals for each species, and notes for some species,
the link is:
One does not have to be registered with eBird to view data such as
that included in the preceding linked list.
Happy & Productive Fall Birding,
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
24/7 Cellular Phone Number:760-382-1260
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