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Sa, 29 Aug 09 Common Poorwills Galore & More

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, Spent all day and part of the night on Saturday, August 29 searching the Kern River Valley and Greenhorn Mountains for bird species not yet reported via
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2009
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      Hi,

      Spent all day and part of the night on Saturday, August 29 searching
      the Kern River Valley and Greenhorn Mountains for bird species not
      yet reported via eBird in Kern County during August 2009 while
      tallying other species and numbers along the way for eBird data entry.

      Added White-tailed Kite, Sora, Western Screech-Owl, Common Poorwill,
      Townsend's Warbler, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow to the August Kern list.

      Started at Canebrake Ecological Reserve where the highlights were: 9
      Virginia Rails (2 visual), 1 Sora, 1 Barn Owl , 1 Western Screech-Owl
      (my 1st for this location), 4 Wrentits (2 from new specific
      locations), and a roost of 450 Tricolored Blackbirds (counted during
      morning flyout).

      Next up was Fay Ranch Road and an off-limits portion of the Kern
      River Preserve where the highlights were two White-tailed Kites, an
      Acorn Woodpecker in an unexpected location, and a flock of 25 Horned
      Larks foraging in a pasture (my first for this location).

      Paul's Place produced the first Bewick's Wren for that location.

      Then it was off to the Greenhorn Mountains where highlights were: 1
      immature Golden Eagle, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Golden-crowned
      Kinglet, 6 Townsend's Solitaires, and a mixed flock of 12 Mountain
      Chickadees, 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1
      Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Black-throated Warbler, 1 Townsend's
      Warbler, 1 Wilson's Warbler, and 2 Dark-eyed Juncos.

      After 2 hours off from the 100F heat Isabella Reservoir's Kissack
      Cove (right below the community of Mountain Mesa) produced 36
      American White Pelicans.

      Then it was off to 10.2 mile long Sawmill Road (leading west off CA
      Hwy 155 from the west shore of Isabella Reservoir to the north to
      south crest of the Greenhorn Mountains) for the late afternoon,
      evening, and night where highlights were 11 Common Poorwills (1
      visual)!, 148 Violet-green Swallows, and 2 Rufous-crowned Sparrows.

      Owling along Sawmill Road was a bust this time around as neither
      Spotted Owls nor Saw-whet Owls were detected nor any lingering
      Flammulated Owls.

      Full context follows...


      The foundations of the following reports were generated automatically
      by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/california/)...


      TIME/DAY/DATE: 6am-7:45am, Saturday, August 29, 2010; LOCATION:
      California Department of Fish & Game Canebrake Ecological Reserve, 4
      mi. east of Onyx, Kern County, California; GPS: N 35 43' 34.4", W 118
      10' 09.5"; ELEVATION: 2850'; TEMPERATURE: 57F-64.2F; HUMIDITY:
      47%-48%; WIND: 1.2-4.5 kph; PURPOSE: The purpose of the visit was to
      survey for Sora which had not been reported from the Kern River
      Valley and surrounding Southern Sierra Nevada during this summer nesting season
      Species: 34
      * Mallard 22
      * California Quail 1
      * Red-shouldered Hawk 2
      * Virginia Rail 9 2 visual, 4 voluntarily calling, then 3
      more in response to Sora recorded vocalization.
      * Sora 1 Responded at 7:28am to recorded Sora
      vocalization ... Several inconclusive short utterances eventually
      followed by one full whinney call.
      * American Coot 2
      * Mourning Dove 5
      * Barn Owl 1 Visual - flushed from red willow strip
      * Western Screech-Owl 1 First time for this
      location...Called numerous times during twilight.
      * Anna's Hummingbird 3
      * hummingbird sp. 1
      * Nuttall's Woodpecker 4
      * Hairy Woodpecker 1
      * Northern Flicker 2
      * Black Phoebe 4
      * Western Scrub-Jay 6
      * Common Raven 1
      * Oak Titmouse 3
      * Bushtit 20
      * White-breasted Nuthatch 1
      * Rock Wren 1
      * Bewick's Wren 7
      * Western Bluebird 5
      * American Robin 1
      * Wrentit 4 Most number of individuals recorded for this
      location. Two were in new locations.
      * European Starling 5
      * Common Yellowthroat 11
      * Spotted Towhee 1
      * California Towhee 2
      * Song Sparrow 12
      * Red-winged Blackbird 1
      * Tricolored Blackbird 450 Roosting at pond. They were so
      noisy with their awful, wonderful "Waaaah" calls that only one
      Red-winged Blackbird call could be heard within the din. Count of
      individuals was made when the morning flyout took place ... several
      flocks of 25+ individuals...
      * House Finch 1
      * Lesser Goldfinch 1


      TIME/DAY/DATE: 8:05am-8:30am, Saturday, August 29, 2009; LOCATION:
      Fay Ranch Road, South Fork (Kern River Valley), Weldon, Kern County,
      California; GPS: N 35 39' 57.7", W 118 17' 23.7"; ELEVATION: 2661';
      PURPOSE: Searching for White-tailed Kite for August; HIGHLIGHTS:
      Acorn Woodpecker (in riparian forest at bridge), Horned Lark (first
      time detected at this location);...
      Species: 20
      * California Quail 1
      * Turkey Vulture 1
      * Red-tailed Hawk 2
      * American Kestrel 2 A pair
      * Mourning Dove 1
      * Acorn Woodpecker 1
      * Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
      * Downy Woodpecker 1
      * Northern Flicker 2
      * Western Wood-Pewee 1
      * Loggerhead Shrike 1
      * Western Scrub-Jay 1
      * Common Raven 1
      * Horned Lark 25 First time at this location
      * White-breasted Nuthatch 1
      * Western Bluebird 2
      * Common Yellowthroat 1
      * Lark Sparrow 3
      * Song Sparrow 3
      * House Finch 3


      TIME/DAY/DATE: 8:30am-8:45am, Saturday, August 29, 2009; LOCATION:
      Kern River Preserve--East Unit, South Fork (Kern River) Valley,
      Weldon Kern County, California; GPS: N 35 40' 42.0", W 118 16' 40.7";
      ELEVATION: 2670'; PURPOSE: To secure August 2009 White-tailed Kite
      record in Kern County;...
      Species: 10
      * White-tailed Kite 2 together
      * Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
      * Downy Woodpecker 1
      * Hairy Woodpecker 1
      * Black Phoebe 1
      * Loggerhead Shrike 1
      * Western Scrub-Jay 1
      * Song Sparrow 2
      * House Finch 31
      * Lesser Goldfinch 2


      Location: Mountain Mesa--Kissack Cove
      Observation date: 8/29/09
      Species: 4
      * Western/Clark's Grebe 2
      * American White Pelican 36
      * Double-crested Cormorant 12
      * Great Blue Heron 4


      Location: Greenhorn Mountains--FS 25S17 West
      PURPOSE: Searching unsuccessfully for August 2009 Northern Goshawk
      and Pileated Woodpecker record for Kern County
      Species: 5
      * Steller's Jay 1
      * Mountain Chickadee 3
      * Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
      * Townsend's Solitaire 1
      * Dark-eyed Junco 4


      TIME/DAY/DATE: 10:40am-12pm, Saturday, August 29, 2009; LOCATION:
      Forest Service Road 24S15 (Greenhorn Summit to Kern County/Tulare
      County line), Greenhorn Mountains, Sequoia National Forest, Kern
      County, California; GPS (at CA Hwy 155): N 35 44' 19.8", W 118 33'
      22.6; ELEVATION: 6102'-7060'; PURPOSE: Searching for montane species
      not yet found in August 2009; HIGHLIGHTS: 1 immature Golden Eagle, 1
      Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 5 Townsend's
      Solitaires, five warbler species (Nashville, Yellow-rumped,
      Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, Wilson) in mixed flock with 12
      Mountain Chickadees, 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches, and 2 Dark-eyed Juncos.
      Species: 23
      * Golden Eagle 1
      * hummingbird sp. 1
      * Acorn Woodpecker 2
      * Pileated Woodpecker 1 0.5 mi. n. of Greenhorn Summit
      * Steller's Jay 16
      * Western Scrub-Jay 6
      * Mountain Chickadee 20
      * Red-breasted Nuthatch 14
      * White-breasted Nuthatch 1
      * Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
      * Western Bluebird 6
      * Townsend's Solitaire 5
      * American Robin 2
      * Nashville Warbler (Western) 1
      * Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 1
      * Black-throated Gray Warbler 1
      * Townsend's Warbler 1 Fall migrant in female plumage in
      a mixed flock consisting of 12 Mountain Chickadees, 6 Red-breasted
      Nuthatches, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1
      Black-throated Gray Warbler, the subject Townsend's Warbler itself, 1
      Wilson's Warbler, and 2 Dark-eyed Juncos.
      * MacGillivray's Warbler 2
      * Wilson's Warbler 1
      * Western Tanager 1
      * Dark-eyed Junco 4
      * Black-headed Grosbeak 2
      * Purple Finch 1


      Location: Mountain Mesa--Kissack Cove
      Observation date: 8/29/09
      Species: 4
      * Western/Clark's Grebe 2
      * American White Pelican 36
      * Double-crested Cormorant 12
      * Great Blue Heron 4


      TIME/DAY/DATE: 6:15pm-9:30pm, Saturday, August 29, 2009; LOCATION:
      Sawmill Road off west side of CA Hwy 155, Greenhorn Mountains, Kern
      County, California; PURPOSE: To search for species not yet reported
      for Kern County in August 2009. HIGHLIGHTS: 11 Common Poorwills (1
      visual), 148 Violet-green Swallows, 2 Rufous-crowned Sparrows;...
      Species: 14
      * California Quail 2
      * Mourning Dove 3
      * Great Horned Owl 1
      * Common Poorwill 11 One visual plus ten others heard
      along a 2-3 mile stretch of Sawmill Road from 7:40pm-8:10pm. Sawmill
      Road is a known road to take visiting birders to find Common
      Poorwill. But, this total of 11 individuals is the highest number
      recorded for this road on a single evening, far surpassing the prior
      high of 6 individuals (all of which were seen) on one evening.
      * Western Scrub-Jay 6
      * Common Raven 2
      * Violet-green Swallow 148 All flying up canyon into the
      Greenhorns while waiting at the first Common Poorwill spot 3.1 mi.
      west up Sawmill Road from CA Hwy 155.
      * Oak Titmouse 1
      * Canyon Wren 1
      * Wrentit 4
      * California Thrasher 1
      * Spotted Towhee 3
      * California Towhee 8
      * Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2 Two individuals ... one each
      side of Sawmill Road 0.7 mi. west up Sawmill Road from CA Hwy 155. A
      known location provided by N John Schmitt...

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California


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