Kings and Tulare Co. birds, 5 Oct 05
- Hi all,
This morning I found a juvenile Mississippi Kite in southern
Tulare County. It flushed from a large cottonwood tree
along the Tule River just east of Highway 43 where it
crosses the River. Heading north turn right immediately
after crossing the Hwy 43 bridge about a mile south of
Ave 144 or Highway 190. The cottonwoods are marked by
a toy rece car on the road under the tree. I watched the
bird for 5-10 minutes before it dropped below the tree line.
Listen for its thin down-slurred phee-eeuu vocalizations.
The habitat is perfect and there are 1,000s of dragonflies
in the vicinity so the bird could stick around the area.
I also observed two golden plovers one of which I identified
as an American Golden Plover. Nearby was a Stilt
Sandpiper. Both birds were in the evaporation ponds along
Corcoran Road one mile south of Virginia Ave. in extreme
southeastern Kings county. There are thousands of birds
in these ponds. Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes have returned
to nearby Pixley NWR.
Mike San Miguel