Two Red-necked Grebes, Two Loon Species
This is your surrogate reporter again. I don't get to see them, I
just get to post them.
Alison Sheehey just called from Isabella Reservoir (I am at home in
Ridgecrest, 1.25+ hours away with a week of work in front of me.) She
reports that there are TWO RED-NECKED GREBES at Isabella Reservoir in
the Sierra Nevada of Kern County. Alison found them in the cove
between the French Gulch Marina and the boat patrol "marina." One was
by itself. The other was mixed in with the Western and Clark's Grebes.
Alison also picked out two loons at a distance. She passed on that
one was larger than the other. But, they were too distant to identify
to species. After a local chore, she is going back to try and get
closer to determine species. The assumption is that one might be a
continuing Pacific Loon. The other? With the first observation period
ended, she believes it is not a Common Loon.
Bob "The Surrogate Reporter" Barnes
Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
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- As reported earlier by Bob Barnes...."picked out two loons at a distance."
After analyzing the photos the other loon turns out to be a Common Loon next
to the previously reported Pacific Loon on Lake Isabella. Unfortunately,
several fishermen descended upon the point where I was making my way to get
closer photographs. The loons disappeared and I could not refind them (but I
don't have a scope either)
I did not see the Horned Grebes today, but all other species of grebes were
resting and foraging on the bay at French Gulch. The best view if the wind
is not too bad is from the Nuui Cunni / French Gulch Campground side of the
Bay. This area is off of Highway 155 between Lake Isabella and Wofford
Wednesday is the end of count week for the Kern Valley Christmas Count and
begins count week for the South Fork CBC, if anyone birds either territory,
please note your birds. Saturday's weather is predicted to be rainy so
Wednesday's birds in the South Fork area may be of great significance.
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