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OBSERVERS/AMWI - Brite Lake, Tehachapi

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, Birders might wish to visit publicly-accessible Brite Lake (and/or Tehachapi Mountain Park) when using Hwy. 58 between Bakersfield and Mojave. Both are
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2007
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      Hi,

      Birders might wish to visit publicly-accessible Brite Lake (and/or
      Tehachapi Mountain Park) when using Hwy. 58 between Bakersfield and
      Mojave. Both are less than 7 miles/15 minutes off Hwy. 58, and may be
      combined if more than a short birding break is desired. NOTE: The
      perimeter of the lake is open to pedestrians, including the top of
      the dam. The ominous signs at the start of the dam are directed at
      vehicles, not pedestrians. There is a walk-through gate.

      Brite Lake, Tehachapi
      We, 3 Jan 07 (8:15am-10:30am, 3:45pm-4:30pm): Cinnamon Teal 1,
      Northern Shoveler 97, American Wigeon 1, Green-winged Teal 1,
      Canvasback 18, Bufflehead 39, Common Merganser 5, Ruddy Duck 154,
      California Quail 50, Pied-billed Grebe 11, Western Grebe 2,
      Double-crested Cormorant 1, Great Blue Heron 2, Northern Harrier 2,
      Cooper's Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 6, American Kestrel 2, Merlin 1,
      American Coot 157, Killdeer 25, Least Sandpiper 22, Mourning Dove 2,
      Anna's Hummingbird 1, Acorn Woodpecker 15, Nuttall's Woodpecker 1,
      Northern Flicker 6, Black Phoebe 1, Loggerhead Shrike 2, Western
      Scrub-Jay 3, American Crow 1, Common Raven 8, Oak Titmouse 6, Bushtit
      32, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Rock Wren 3, Bewick's Wren 6, Western
      Bluebird 8, California Thrasher 1, European Starling 20, American
      Pipit 1, Spotted Towhee 2, California Towhee 2, Savannah Sparrow 5,
      Song Sparrow 2, Lincoln's Sparrow 2, White-crowned Sparrow 150,
      Golden-crowned Sparrow 9, Dark-eyed Junco 40, Red-winged Blackbird
      20, Western Meadowlark 10, Brewer's Blackbird 20, House Finch 80,
      Lesser Goldfinch 5, and House Sparrow 10.

      Additional Species observed 10:30am-11:30am on nearby Cummings Valley
      Road located between and below Brite Lake and Hwy. 202: Mallard,
      Prairie Falcon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Great Horned Owl,
      Red-breasted Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, California Thrasher,
      and Lark Sparrow.

      Additional Species observed 1:15pm-3:30pm at Tehachapi Mountain Park:
      Band-tailed Pigeon, Hairy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Mountain
      Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Brown Creeper,
      Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Purple Finch.

      OBSERVERS: Bob Barnes, Tracy Drake, Ron Melin, Dave Moody, and Marian Porter.

      DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 202 (becomes Tucker Rd) exit off Hwy. 58
      straight through town to Highline Blvd (2.2 mi.. Take Highline right
      to Water Canyon Rd (1.3 mi.). Tehachapi Mountain Park is on the left
      at the end of Water Canyon Rd in 3.1 mi. To reach Brite Lake continue
      straight on Highline Blvd to Banducci Rd at the sharp curve right
      (1.8 mi.). Turn left on Banducci Rd to the Brite Valley Aquatic
      Recreation Area entrance on the right (1.3 mi.) between the 15 mph
      sign and the curve ahead. Park off either side of the road in the
      vicinity of the entrance to Brite Valley ARA.

      Happy & Productive Birding,

      Bob Barnes

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