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Some Final Thoughts on August

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, Just received an email from a kerncobirding subscriber asking about what on my target list was NOT seen (and where) during August 2009 in the search for
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2009
      Hi,

      Just received an email from a kerncobirding subscriber asking about
      what on my target list was NOT seen (and where) during August 2009 in
      the search for species to add to that month's Kern County list. But, first...

      To find out what species were reported to eBird during any week
      (roughly) in any month in 2009 go to the California eBird web site:
      http://ebird.org/content/ca/

      To get Kern County information for any or all months in 2009, go to
      the Kern link in the section entitled "Most Checklists Submitted for
      Current Month" on the right side of this CA eBird home page. One does
      not have to be a subscriber to access this information. It is
      accessible to all who care to visit.

      Regarding he email comment/inquiry, following below are 18 species I
      expected, consciously tried for, but missed in Kern County during
      August 2009 (and, in some cases July, or June and July). Of course.
      it is realized that many, if not all, of the following species may
      have been observed by others in Kern County during this time period
      and not submitted to the eBird database...

      15 out of 31 days birded in August 2009
      MISSED IN AUGUST...
      Common Merganser* (Isabella Reservoir and Kern River above and below)
      Prairie Falcon* (everywhere including specific searches for this species)
      Owls (any from among Flammulated*, Spotted*, or Northern Saw-whet*)
      White-throated Swift* (Seemed like biggest miss ... in June, July, and August!)
      Gray Flycatcher** (Piute Mtns)
      Brown-crested Flycatcher** (Kelso Creek Sanctuary)
      Cassin's Kingbird* (Lake Ming in Bakersfield)
      Cassin's Vireo* (Greenhorn Mtns or on the move)
      Hutton's Vireo (Greenhorn Mtns)
      Winter Wren (at late July Alta Sierra-Greenhorn Mtns location)
      Hermit Warbler** (Greenhorn Mtns)
      Yellow-breasted Chat** (Kern River Preserve)
      Brewer's Sparrow** (moving about or in known nesting area in Piute Mtns)
      Yellow-headed Blackbird** (San Joaquin Valley floor)
      Cassin's Finch (Greenhorn Mtns and Piute Mtns)
      Red Crossbill* (Greenhorn Mtns and Piute Mtns)

      *Missed in June and July, too
      **Missed in July, too

      Continued Happy & Productive Birding,

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County

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