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3833Help! 200 Species for Kern in January!

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  • Bob Barnes
    Jan 11, 2014
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      Hi,

      January and February are the only two months when two hundred species have NOT been reported to eBird for Kern County in any single year. The current record for January is 197 species in 2011 and for February is 192 species in 2011.

      If you live in Kern County, a county bordering Kern County, or pass through Kern County in January, and wander into Kern County by choice or necessity to get somewhere else, your help in getting "us" to 200 species for this month will/would be highly appreciated.

      For example, some birders may go to the Mt. Pinos area to go for year birds before the next snow prevents doing so until spring. Clark's Nutcracker may show up in both the Kern Co. and Ventura Co. portions of Mt. Pinos.

      "We" are off to a good start with 163 species through January 10th; leaving 37 species to find and report in the next 21 days. Also, tomorrow, Sunday, January 12, a group of five excellent birders will be checking the Greenhorn Mountains for Mountain Quail, Northern Goshawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Pacific Wren, Varied Thrush, and Evening Grosbeak, plus Isabella Reservoir for Red-breasted Merganser, loons, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Bald Eagle, gulls, etc.

      If for any reason, reporting to eBird won't be a part of your January Kern County birding, please let me know where in Kern County you find this any of the following "missing" species this January so others at least have the option to try for it/them. Thank you!  

      Bird Species NOT Yet Reported to eBird for Kern County thus far in January 2014 which have been reported for at least one prior January or which are known to be resident species (followed by a list of what has been reported thus far in January 2014):

      • Cackling Goose - California City Central Park
      • Eurasian Wigeon - Kern National Wildlife Refuge
      • Redhead - Kern NWR
      • Red-breasted Merganser - Isabella Reservoir, Lake Ming
      • Mountain Quail
      • Chukar
      • Ring-necked Pheasant - San Joaquin Valley floor (e.g.: Kern NWR)
      • Wild Turkey - Sierra Nevada foothill areas (e.g.: Glennville area, South Fork Kern River Valley)
      • Common Loon - Isabella Reservoir, Lake Ming
      • Horned Grebe - Brite Lake, Isabella Reservoir, Kern NWR, Lake Ming
      • American Bittern - Kern National Wildlife Refuge
      • Northern Goshawk - Greenhorn Mtns
      • Bald Eagle - Isabella Reservoir
      • Swainson's Hawk - San Joaquin Valley floor; has been found in the past as early as mid-January (checking last days of January likely best chance)
      • Rough-legged Hawk - No 2013/2014 winter reports thus far
      • Sandhill Crane
      • American Avocet - San Joaquin Valley floor shorebird areas (e.g.: Kern NWR); best chance may be toward end of January
      • Snowy Plover
      • Black-bellied Plover - San Joaquin Valley floor (e.g.: Flooded fields if there are any this year insted of all lying fallow! Yikes!!! Kern NWR)
      • Lesser Yellowlegs - Kern NWR
      • Long-billed Curlew - see BBPL above; also may be found in fields without water
      • Dunlin - see BBPL above
      • Western Sandpiper - Bakersfield Water Treatment Plant, Kern NWR, Kern Sanitation Authority,
      • Mew Gull - Arvin dump, Bakersfield Water Treatment Plant, Buena Vista Lake Rec. Area, Isabella Reservoir
      • Thayer's Gull - see Mew Gull
      • Glaucous-winged Gull - see Mew Gull
      • Caspian Tern - San Joaquin Valley floor, Kern NWR (best chance may be toward end of month)
      • Common Ground-Dove - San Joaquin Valley floor orange groves, vineyards
      • Western Screech-Owl - Greenhorn Mountains, Kern River Valley
      • Northern Pygmy-Owl - Greenhorn Mtns
      • Spotted Owl - Greenhorn Mtns
      • Long-eared Owl - No known locations since last summer; 2013/2014 no winter roosts known
      • Short-eared Owl - Koehn Dry Lake reportedly has water - not known if present this year
      • Common Poorwill - warm evenings in the South Fork Kern River Valley
      • Vaux's Swift - Hart Park on overcast days
      • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - no recent reports
      • Pileated Woodpecker - Greenhorn Mtns
      • Peregrine Falcon - Bakersfield Water Treatment Plant, Kern NWR
      • Vermilion Flycatcher
      • Cassin's Kingbird - Bakersfield area
      • Hutton's Vireo - Greenhorn Mountains oak woodland habitats; especially in ravines
      • Pinyon Jay
      • Yellow-billed Magpie - the five mile stretch of CA Hwy 41 which runs through Kern Co. between Kings Co. and San Luis Obispo Co.
      • Clark's Nutcracker - Mt. Pinos area
      • Tree Swallow - Hart Park, Kern NWR, Lake Ming
      • Violet-green Swallow - Hart Park, Lake Ming
      • Barn Swallow - Kern NWR (best chance may be toward end of month)
      • Pacific Wren - Alta Sierra Dr in the Greenhorn Mtns
      • Varied Thrush - Greenhorn Mtns, plus stumbled upon at parks and areas with cool, moist ravines
      • Black-throated Gray Warbler - Hart Park at the edge of Bakersfield; Bakersfield residential neighborhoods
      • Townsend's Warbler - Hart Park (seen during the 12/18/13 Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count)
      • Brewer's Sparrow
      • Black-throated Sparrow - Kern Co. desert regions (seen in December)
      • Lark Bunting
      • Grasshopper Sparrow - Cerro Noroeste Rd through Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge
      • White-throated Sparrow
      • Western Tanager
      • Pine Siskin - scarce this winter
      • Lawrence's Goldfinch - San Joaquin Valley floor (none have been found this winter thus far)
      • Evening Grosbeak - Greenhorn Mtns area (two reports this fall/winter from N. John Schmitt for Wofford Heights) 
      163 species which HAVE BEEN REPORTED to eBird for Kern County January 1-11, 2014 by 33 birders: Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, California Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, White-tailed Kite, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Mountain Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowticher, Wilson's Snipe, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Spotted Dove, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Lewis's Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Steller's Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Mountain Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Verdin, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Brown Creepr, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Wrentit, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, California Thrasher, Le Conte's Thrasher, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, California Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Bell's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Purple Finch, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow,...

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

      Cell: 760-382-1260