White-faced Ibis 2000-2500
Sandhill Crane 4000-4500
Long-billed Curlew 1000
Burrowing Owl 18-24
Blackbird species (Red-winged, Tricolored) 15,000-20,000
Complete list below...
If you have no interest in birds in Tulare County just north of Kern County,
this may not be for you. Still, the spectacle is worth reporting since it is
the closest of its kind to Kern Co.
Will be doing this again this Saturday as per prior e-mail to you all.
Thursday, February 28, 2002, field trip to Pixley NWR and Allensworth State
Park, 5-7 miles west of Earlimart, southwestern Tulare County. Present in
vicinity 3:30pm-6:30pm. Twelve observers.
Amazingly wonderful and stirring for all present. We counted the ibis, cranes,
and curlews as best we could. They came in a relatively short time in huge
groups. Several hundred cranes were seen during bright daylight hours in
acreage on the refuge and in surrounding fields. All was very impressive.
Species List (from my memory...likely incomplete as not checked with others):
Horizon Gulls! (The mix in this area is usually Ring-billed, California, &
Great Horned Owl
Loggerhead Shrike (several)
Bob Barnes, Outreach Director
Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve
P.O. Box 953, Weldon, CA 93283
FedEx/UPS: 18747 Hwy. 178, Weldon, CA 93283
Phone: (760) 378-3044