DATE: Sunday, February 25, 2007
LOCATIONS: Kern NWR (3pm-4:30pm), Corcoran Road (4:30pm-5pm) , Pixley
OBSERVERS: Six Kern Valley Crane Day participants (from Bakersfield,
Kern River Valley, and Ridgecrest).
A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL was in the northwest corner of the first
ponding basin at KNWR, Kern Co..
Two HORNED GREBES were still in the close corner of the first ponding
basin at KNWR, Kern Co.
Two hundred fifty (counted) GREAT EGRETS and SNOWY EGRETS were
concentrated on the banks of the Homeland Canal in Kings Co. where it
passes under Corcoran Road c. 5 miles north of the Kern NWR. Fifty to
one hundred (estimated) DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were in the canal
at the same location.
Three thousand SANDHILL CRANES were foraging on the east side of Rd.
88 just north of J-22 and just south of Pixley NWR, Tulare Co.. The
total was arrived at by a lengthy one by one count. An estimated one
thousand additional individuals were observed across from the flock
of 3000 on the west side of the Rd. 88.
When the rains came c. 4:30pm, clouds of blackbirds started flying
into roost at Kern NWR, Kern Co. An expected disappointing check of
the mixed blackbird flock associated with the extensive piles of
grain at the turkey farm bordering the east side of Corcoran Rd. in
Kings Co. c. 3-4 mi. N of Kern NWR actually yielded a very impressive
remaining flock, although much reduced from Saturday. The flock
consisted of thouandss of EUROPEAN STARLINGS (including one isolated,
pure flock), numerous RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, thousands of TRICOLORED
BLACKBIRDS, 300-500 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS (300 individuals counted
- a partial total), and numerous BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS. No BREWER'S
BLACKBIRDS were detected.
BIRD LIST: Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Ross's Goose,
Canada Goose, Cackling Goose, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Northern
Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall,
American Wigeon, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck,
Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Double-crested
Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned
Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel,
Virginia Rail, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Sandhill Crane,
Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lond-billed Dowitcher, Ring-billed
Gull, California Gull, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Black Phoebe,
Say's Phoebe, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow,
Marsh Wren, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,
Red-winged Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Western Meadowlark,
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird,
House Finch, House Sparrow...
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