Northern Goshawk (dead) at Galileo 28 Oct 2007
- This morning Liga Auzins and I found the remains of a recently dead
immature Northern Goshawk at Galileo Hill Park. The only previous
record for this location was an immature on 31 Oct 1999.
We joined forces with Kelli Levinson for the latter part of the
morning, then headed to Ridgecrest (Cerro Coso College) on our own in
the early afternoon.
Birds of interest follow.
1 Hooded Merganser, a female at Galileo, was early for eastern Kern
2 Nashville Warblers in Ridgecrest, and single Yellow (very dull
female) and Wilson's (male) warblers at Galileo, were all on the late
1 Ovenbird at Galileo is likely the latest found in the region.
Kelli initially found it by the Pavilion, and later refound it on the
stable lawn were we saw it.
Multiple Slate-colored and single Pink-sided juncoes were in the
junco flocks at both Galileo and Ridgecrest. The Gray-headed Junco
continued at Galileo.
3 Purple Finches in one day is an exceptional count in eastern Kern
(average of only 2-4/season listed in Matt Heindel's excellent
manuscript on status of birds in eastern Kern). Liga spotted the
first, a female at Galileo. Liga, Kelli, and I all studied it
carefully to eliminate female Cassin's Finch, noting the curved
culmen, unstreaked undertail coverts, more strongly defined face
pattern, and especially the pit call notes). It was latter joined by
a male. Liga then showed me another male at Ridgecrest.
5 Red Crossbills, Kelli pointed them out, working the pine cones at
Galileo. Three or more of them were red adult males. All were large
bodied and large billed, call notes were typical "kyip" notes to my
Other birds of continuing interest at Galileo included the adult Red-
shouldered Hawk, female Nuttall's Woodpecker, and adult female
Counts of other montane species still present at Galileo and/or
5+ Red-breasted Nutchatch
4+ Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Townsend Solitaire
2 Cassin's Finch
5 Pine Siskin.
The cottonwood leaves are yellowing and dropping fast. Winter is not
far away in eastern Kern Co.
Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
- I have a Western Meadowlark visiting my feeder/yard (across from Upjohn Park). It's been around since October 18th.
I still have Costa's, Anna's, and black chinned hummers. I didn't see a Rufous this weekend.
The Cooper's Hawk swooped down and helped itself to the finch/sparrow buffet at the feeder. It was dramatic...I was in the yard planting bulbs, and I looked over to catch him swooping down into the backyard --it was a chaotic cacophany of finches, sparrows, and mourning doves caught in a crazy panic.
I had no idea having bird feeders would provide this kind of drama.
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