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28925/30/10 plus other recent Kern River Valley Observations

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  • Bob Barnes
    Jun 1, 2010
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      General species specific comments followed by 5/30/10 eBird reports
      for Sierra Way and Canebrake Ecological Reserve (designed to give a
      feeling of overall presence/absence for general and/or out of area
      birder use).

      5/30/10 observers: Bob Barnes, Henry Selinger, Loretta Selinger.

      WOOD DUCK - Being observed in vicinity of the Sierra Way bridge over
      the South Fork Kern River and along Sierra Way from there south to Hwy. 178.

      WESTERN GREBE and CLARK'S GREBE - Year round residents on Isabella
      Reservoir. The degree of nesting success (as evidenced by young on
      adults' backs) may vary due to inopportune, fluctuating reservoir levels.

      OSPREY - Four known nesting pairs with nests. Two interrupted in
      mid-nesting in the past week or so by apparent human interference as
      adults are no longer present based on several checks and nest
      structures have several newly placed streamers formed by blue and red
      plastic flagging hanging down. The illegality or legality of this is
      being investigated.

      YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO - No detections reported as yet. Several years
      of observations reveal most first arrival dates as being in the June
      10-20 range with best chances for observing in July and early August.

      VERMILION FLYCATCHER - Only one known site the past three years
      (including this year). Unfortunately, this site is NOT in a publicly
      accessible or viewable area at this time.

      BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER - One known individual at the Kelso Creek
      Sanctuary. Observed as recently as 12:05pm-12:15pm this past Sunday,
      May 30th. CAUTION: At least one pair of Ash-throated Flycatchers is
      present, too. The estimated 12-18 Brown-crested Flycatcher pairs
      found in the South Fork Kern River Valley riparian forest as recently
      as a few years ago were not detected in 2008 and 2009 during point
      counts (vs. being found in the past ... resulting in the 12-18 pairs
      estimate). No reports of nesting pairs thus far in 2010.

      SUMMER TANAGER - Widespread in South Fork Kern River riparian forest.
      Reliable locations include the area just beyond the footbridge at the
      Canebrake Ecological Reserve and in the restoration site trees
      flanking the parking lot on the north and west sides of the Kern
      River Preserve Headquarters parking area.

      BLUE GROSBEAK - No where near as common as ten years ago when 200+
      were counted (same for Lazuli Bunting ... decline from several
      hundred to the tens of individuals). Thus far this year this species
      is being reliably observed along the Canebrake Ecological Reserve's
      Public Access Trail, along the flat, floodplain portion of Fay Ranch
      Rd. from Hwy 178 north to the Southern Sierra Research Station, and
      along Sierra Way from Hwy 178 to the bridge.

      INDIGO BUNTING - No personal knowledge of any South Fork Kern River
      Valley reports this year to date.

      TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD - Reliable in numbers observed from the Public
      Access Trail at the Canebrake Ecological Reserve. Also found being
      along Sierra Way from Hwy 178 north to the Sierra Way bridge over the
      South Fork Kern River.

      LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH - Widespread. Has been reliable in numbers at
      Kern River Preserve Headquarters and from along the ranch road
      leading west from the HQ parking area. NOTE: Numbers decline rapidly
      mid-June through July with none detected most Augusts.

      The following reports were generated automatically by eBird
      v2(http://ebird.org/california/)

      Location: Kern River Preserve--Sierra Way
      Observation time, date: 5:25am-6:55am, 5/30/10
      Observer: Bob Barnes
      Number of species: 42
      * Wood Duck 4
      * Mallard 3
      * California Quail 2
      * Ring-necked Pheasant 1
      * Pied-billed Grebe 1
      * Great Blue Heron 1
      * Sora 1
      * Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
      * Mourning Dove 9
      * Nuttall's Woodpecker 4
      * Downy Woodpecker 2
      * Hairy Woodpecker 1
      * Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 2
      * Western Wood-Pewee 3
      * Black Phoebe 1
      * Ash-throated Flycatcher 3
      * Common Raven 8
      * Tree Swallow 3
      * Oak Titmouse 4
      * White-breasted Nuthatch 1
      * Rock Wren 1
      * Bewick's Wren 4
      * House Wren 1
      * Western Bluebird 4
      * American Robin 3
      * European Starling 33
      * Yellow Warbler 10
      * Common Yellowthroat 11
      * Savannah Sparrow 4
      * Song Sparrow 12
      * Western Tanager 3
      * Blue Grosbeak 3
      * Lazuli Bunting 2
      * Red-winged Blackbird 24
      * Tricolored Blackbird 36
      * Western Meadowlark 4
      * Brewer's Blackbird 7
      * Great-tailed Grackle 3
      * Brown-headed Cowbird 9
      * Bullock's Oriole 4
      * House Finch 5
      * Lesser Goldfinch 6
      * Lawrence's Goldfinch 9

      Location: South Fork Valley--Canebrake Ecological Reserve
      Observation date: 7:33am-10:30am, 5/30/10
      Observers: Bob Barnes, Henry Selinger, Loretta Selinger
      Number of species: 38
      * California Quail 2
      * Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
      * Mourning Dove 5
      * Anna's Hummingbird 2
      * Nuttall's Woodpecker 4
      * Downy Woodpecker 1
      * Hairy Woodpecker 1
      * Northern Flicker 2
      * Western Wood-Pewee 1
      * Ash-throated Flycatcher 2
      * Western Kingbird 4
      * Western Scrub-Jay 8
      * Common Raven 2
      * Oak Titmouse 2
      * Bushtit 1
      * Rock Wren 2
      * Bewick's Wren 1
      * House Wren 1
      * Western Bluebird 6
      * California Thrasher 1
      * European Starling 20
      * Yellow Warbler 1
      * Common Yellowthroat 4
      * California Towhee 2
      * Song Sparrow 4
      * Summer Tanager 1
      * Western Tanager 1
      * Black-headed Grosbeak 2
      * Blue Grosbeak 3
      * Lazuli Bunting 1
      * Red-winged Blackbird 5
      * Tricolored Blackbird 60
      * Western Meadowlark 1
      * Brown-headed Cowbird 2
      * Bullock's Oriole 2
      * House Finch 2
      * Lesser Goldfinch 2
      * House Sparrow 1

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern Co.

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