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3945Update: Brown-crested Flycacther, Cassin's Kingbird

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  • Bob Barnes
    Jun 7, 2014

      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

      Cell: 760-382-1260