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3886Willet - California City Central Park, Summer Tanager Return

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  • Bob Barnes
    Apr 24, 2014
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      A WILLET in breeding plumage was observed by many, many birders
      yesterday afternoon, April 23rd, along the shores of the main lake at
      California City Central Park. It was initially found by the San Fernando
      Valley Audubon bird-a-thon group. This Willet may have provided the
      first record for the park.

      Shortly after, Brenda and Ken Kyle reported a large mixed flock of
      warblers working the Eucalyptus tree next to the arch bridge in the park
      near the abandoned hotel.

      Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, and Cackling Goose were still present, too,
      along with a small number of nesting season Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

      The above suggests that even though the par 3 and main Tierra del Sol
      Golf Course are now officially off-limits to birders, the main park
      itself still produces birds which might be of interest to birders -
      making it well worth a visit; especially during spring and fall
      migration periods.

      Finally, the first SUMMER TANAGER of the breeding/nesting season, a
      singing male, was reported for the Kern River Preserve in Weldon
      yesterday morning, April 23rd.

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California