KWR birds and north, Sanderlings
- Birders: Yesterday, Saturday, February 8, Gary File and I spent the
morning birding the Kern Wildlife Refuge and points north and east.
The ducks on the refuge are very skittish, from hunting season.
Nothing of note on the refuge. As we headed north on Corcoran Rd.,
Gary spotted a FERRUGINOUS HAWK on a telephone pole. And as we reached
Virginia Ave., a flooded field provided the first of hundreds of
DUNLINS. It was certainly the most Dunlins I've ever seen in one
place. Several of the fields in that area are flooded, and as we
progressed east on Virginia Ave., we found three SANDERLINGS among the
LEAST AND (few) WESTERN SANDPIPERS and continued predominance of
DUNLINS. Among the gulls, HERRINGS were the most interesting,
unfortunately. No big, white gulls to be found anywhere. We had
flocks of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and SANDHILL CRANES fly over,
during the morning.