39567/12/14: Some Highlights fr Today's Summer Bird Count
- Jul 12 5:30 PMHi,
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
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
SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER - At least one nest monitored by Mary
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
Serving as the Messenger and an Observer,
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California