3945Update: Brown-crested Flycacther, Cassin's Kingbird
- Jun 7, 2014Hi,
Both the BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER and CASSIN'S KINGBIRD were still
detected as being present in the South Fork Kern River Valley as
recently as yesterday morning, Friday, June 6th. Both are very rare in
Kern County despite the year round commonness of Cassin's Kingbird
farther south in California.
The BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER continued on Audubon California Kern River
Preserve acreage along the edge of the riparian forest west of Fay Ranch
Rd immediately past/north of the bridge when driving north from CA Hwy
178 in Weldon. Yesterday, it was periodically giving both loud "whit"
and rolling calls diagnostic for this species. No recorded vocalizations
have been used/are being used to elicit responses from this bird as it
may be taking up a nesting territory in the area which would reestablish
known breeding/nesting occurrence in the South Fork Kern River Valley
after several years absence.
The CASSIN'S KINGBIRD continued along Paul's Place in Weldon. Paul's
Place is a 0.9 mile long, roughly semicircular road off the south side
if CA Hwy 178 between Sierra Way on the west and the entrance to Kern
River Preserve Headquarters on the east. It has been hanging around the
store also called Paul's Place in the large trees and on the fence line
across Paul's Place the road from Paul's Place the store. There are
multiple Western Kingbirds in the same vicinity making for excellent
plumage and calls comparisons. Yesterday, the Cassin's was giving the
diagnostic, loud "chee-burr" call while the Westerns were giving their
familiar calls. Cassin's Kingbird is rare in Kern County, being only
reliably found (and year round) inside a guarded, gated community at the
edge of Bakersfield which is off limits to the birding and general public.
The locations of the above two birds are within two road miles of each
Continued Happy & Productive Birding,
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California