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39567/12/14: Some Highlights fr Today's Summer Bird Count

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  • Bob Barnes
    Jul 12, 2014
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      Hi,

      A few highlights from this morning's, Saturday, July 12, 2014, South
      Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Summer Bird Count...

      PARTICIPANTS: Bob Barnes (Ridgecrest), Rachel del Rio (Lamint), Bruce
      Garlinger (Weldon), Denise La Berteaux (Weldon), Megan Logsdon (Wofford
      Heights), Chuck Noble (Lebec), John Oliver (La Crescenta, Los Angeles
      County), Chuck Peck (Prather, Fresno County), Sean Rowe (Weldon), Chris
      Smith (El Cajon, San Diego County), Reed Tollefson (Weldon), Mary
      Whitfield (Weldon), Gary Woods (Fresno)

      WHITE-TAILED KITE - Single to multiple adult and juvenile individuals
      were reported for several territories.

      YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO - At least five were reported by two parites
      consisting of Chuck Noble, John Oliver, and John Stanek.

      BARN OWL - This species has been virtually absent from the Kern River
      Valley this year. One was found by Bob Barnes during a brief pre-dawn
      owling period.

      RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER - One reported by John Stanek from the South Fork
      Wildlife Area South where this species is totally unexpected in summer.

      WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE - This was a species reported as being abundant this
      morning.

      SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER - At least one nest monitored by Mary
      Whitfield.

      VERMILION FLYCATCHER - In addition to the pair relocated by Chuck Peck,
      ,Sean Rowe, and Chris Smith in an off-limits par tof Kern River
      Preserve, Chuck Peck relocated a male along Fay Ranch Rd between the
      South Fork Elementary School at CA Hwy 178 and the bridge.

      BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER - Two were found aong Fay Ranch Rd near the
      bridge. Post count this afternoon Lee Sutton and Shirley Sutton from
      Ridgecrest found the pair and the their nest hole which was ten shown to
      John Stanek, Chuck Peck, Mary Whitfield, and others.

      CASSIN'S KINGBIRD - Bob Barnes and Megan Logsdon reported the two adults
      with the three nestlings virtually full-size and practicing "flying" at
      the edge of the nest.

      BELL'S VIREO - None were detected.

      STELLER'S JAY - This unexpected species in summer was reported by Bruce
      Garlinger and Denise La Berteaux for the Canebrake Ecological Reserve.

      BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - Another unexpected species found by John Stanek
      at the South Fork Wildlife Area South.

      YELLOW WARBLER - Very few were singing vs. dozens and dozens and dozens
      up until just recently.

      YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT - Although a few were reported, this species has
      gone largely silent.

      SUMMER TANAGER - This species was reported by numerous (7?) count
      parties indicating widespread occurrence.

      WESTERN TANAGER - (Bruce Garlinger, Denise La Berteaux, Chuck Peck, Sean
      Rowe, and Chris Smith reported migrants for two territories)

      BLUE GROSBEAK - Reported by several count parties reported 5-20
      individuals per territory.

      BLUE GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE - These were
      abundant species counted by Chuck Noble and John Oliver in the newest
      willow forest at the far east end of the South Fork Kern River Valley
      riparian forest - an area seldom birded.

      HOODED ORIOLE - This species has dispersed widely in the South Fork Kern
      River Valley away from known nesting areas.

      LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH - This species was detected in small numbers by at
      least five parties.

      SPECIES with NUMEROUS INDIVIDUALS reported included MOURNING DOVE,
      NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, BLACK PHOEBE,
      ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, BLUE GROSBEAK, and HOUSE FINCH.

      The report of species and numbers of individuals of each species
      reported is expected to be posted in a few weeks with the end of July
      the target.

      Serving as the Messenger and an Observer,

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

      Cell: 760-382-1260