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Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife Site & Cemetery

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  • Bob Barnes
    9:30am-10:30am, Saturday, December 6, 2008 The Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife Site and nearby cemetery were more devoid of late fall/early winter bird species
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      9:30am-10:30am, Saturday, December 6, 2008

      The Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife Site and nearby cemetery were more
      devoid of late fall/early winter bird species diversity and
      individual numbers than I have ever seen. However, there were
      1500-2000 white geese (I stopped counting at 1300 with a big flock
      left to go) and at least one "Blue" Goose among them in the fields
      behind the Watchable Wildlife Site (and northwest of the cemetery).
      It is nice to have a publicly accessible site available in Kern
      County to view more than a few white geese at a time.

      The five old sewer ponds which make up most of the Watchable Wildlife
      Site hosted 4 waterbirds in total during my 30 minute visit. Two Tree
      Swallows over the ponds were unexpected.

      The cemetery did have two Red-breasted Nuthatches foraging together
      in the pine trees.

      Maybe colder weather will bring in more birds for the 14 Dec 08 China
      Lake Christmas Bird Count. Otherwise, the 55-60 species total reached
      while covering the cemetery and ponds two years ago won't even be
      remotely approached.

      Sometimes noting absence is as interesting as presence. So, here's
      the complete list. You can fill in the blanks of what
      should/could/would be expected:

      Watchable Wildlife Site (9:30am-10am): Snow/Ross's/Blue Geese
      1500-2000, Bufflehead 2 females, American Coot 2, Rock Pigeon 7,
      Mourning Dove 1, Northern Flicker 1, Black Phoebe 1, Common Raven 4,
      Horned Lark 2, Tree Swallow 2, Marsh Wren 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2,
      Western Meadowlark 11 ... 13 species ...

      Cemetery (10am-10:30am): Mourning Dove 1, Long-eared Owl 1 (no
      attempt to find and count more before the CBC), Anna's Hummingbird 1,
      Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 ... 5 species ...

      15 species, 43 individuals in all (not counting geese in either case),

      Bob Barnes
      Ridgecrest, Kern County




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