Kern Co. eBird Locations & CBC Season
Christmas Bird Count season is upon us ... 14 Dec 09 - 5 Jan
10. Many birders will be gathering data for specific locations which
can/may/should/will be entered into the eBird California database:
The preceding prompts this email with a list for reference of several
established Kern County eBird Hotspots (Essentially any publicly
accessible location regardless of overall birding quality) for eBird
observations entry for specific locations in CBC circles, for entry
of past Kern County observations (back as many years as one wishes),
and for entry of observations from this day forward. As you may
already know, for those analyzing eBird data, observations lists from
specific locations are most usable/valuable.
***Bakersfield Sewage Ponds
***Beale Park - Spotted Dove and Rose-ringed Parakeet location.
***Union Cemetery - Spotted Dove location.
BAKERSFIELD - KERN RIVER COUNTY PARK
***Kern River County Park (erroneously labeled Kern River State Park
on eBird maps) - This Bakersfield area hotspot covers the 100s of
acres found along five miles of the Kern River corridor from the
Upper Picnic Area next to Kern River Golf Course above Lake down the
Kern River river including observations made in the California Living
Museum, Hart Park, Kern County Soccer Park, Kern River, Kern River
Campground, Kern River Golf Course, and Lake Ming areas of this park.
***Hart Park (Kern Co.) - This hotspot covers the Hart Park portion
of Kern River County Park.
***Lake Ming - This hotspot covers the Lake Ming portion of Kern
River County Park.
BAKERSFIELD - KERN RIVER PARKWAY
***Kern River Pkwy--Manor St. to Chester Ave. - This hotspots covers
the Kern River corridor portion of the Kern River Parkway between
Manor St. on the east and Chester Ave. on the west.
***Kern River Pkwy--Truxton Lakes - This hotspot covers the Truxton
Lakes area of the Kern River Parkway.
***Kern River Pkwy--Yokuts Park - This hotspot covers the Yokuts park
area of the Kern River Parkway.
EAST KERN DESERTS
***Cerro Coso Community College - in Ridgecrest
***California City Central Park
***Galileo Hill--Silver Saddle Ranch and Club
***Inyokern--Middlemiss - covers the 10-acre Middlemiss (Le Conte's
Thrasher) property north of Inyokern.
***Jawbone Canyon Rd.
***Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife Park - includes the area
encompassing Desert Memorial Park (cemetery), sewer ponds, and Desert
Empire Fairgrounds at the east edge of Ridgecrest.
FORT TEJON STATE HISTORIC PARK
***Fort Tejon SHP
***Greenhorn Mountain County Park
***Greenhorn Mtns.---Sawmill Rd.
***Greenhorn Mtns.--Alta Sierra
***Greenhorn Mtns.-- FS 24S15 (Greenhorn Summit to Tulare Co.)
***Greenhorn Mtns.---Hwy 155 west slope
***Greenhorn Mtns.--Rancheria Rd. (FS 25S15)
***Greenhorn Mtns.--Sunday Peak - trail starts in Tulare Co. then
goes into Kern Co. for Southern California Sooty Grouse searches
***Greenhorn Mtns.--Tiger Flat
JAWBONE CANYON ROAD
***Jawbone Canyon Rd.
***Jawbone Canyon Rd.--Kelso Valley
KELSO CREEK WATERSHED
***Frog Spring - 14.5 mi. south of Hwy 178 on Kelso Valley Rd., then
east 0.5 mi. on Frog Creek Rd. (SC 47)
***Kelso Creek Rd.
***Kelso Creek Sanctuary - 15 mi. south of Hwy 178
***Kelso Valley Rd.--0.0-0.25 mi S of Hwy 178 - a riparian strip
***Kelso Valley Rd.--Cane Canyon - a dirt spur road into Cane Canyon
***Kelso Valley Rd.--Mile 14.5-18.0 - a Kelso Creek riparian strip
***Kelso Valley Rd.--Rocky Point - 7-8 mi. south of Hwy 178.
***Kelso Valley Rd.--Tunnel Spring - 18 mi. south if Hwy. 178.
***Kern Valley Vulture Watch Site
KERN RIVER CANYON
***USFS--Delonegha Day Use Area
KERN RIVER VALLEY - CHIMNEY PEAK ROAD
***Chimney Peak National Back Country Byway (Kern Co.) - covers byway
from its start at Hwy 178, north about 6 miles to the top of the pass
at the Lamont Peak trailhead at the Kern County/Tulare County line.
KERN RIVER VALLEY - KERN RIVER PRESERVE
***Kern River Preserve - This hotspot covers the entire Kern River
Preserve including those portions not accessible or easily accessible
to the general public.
***Kern River Preserve--Fay Ranch Rd. - This hotspot covers Fay Ranch
Rd. from CA Hwy 178 north about 2 miles to the end of the flat,
straight, portion of the road.
***Kern River Preserve--Headquarters - This hotspot covers everything
most logically accessed on foot from the Headquarters parking
area...the entrance road from CA Hwy 178 north to Headquarters, the
Headquarters yard, the Nature Trail, and the ranch road running west
from the Headquarters parking area.
***Kern River Preserve--Migrant Corner Trail - This hotspot covers
the Migrant Corner Trail from its start on the northeast side of the
Sierra Way bridge over the South Fork Kern River east about 1 air
mile to the end of the meadow at the riparian forest running north
from the main forest to the hillside. This location includes the
hillside above the trail and the entire semicircular bowl form by the
hills around the north side of the meadow.
***Kern River Preserve--Sierra Way - This hotspot covers Sierra Way
from CA Hwy. 178 north then west for 1.7 miles to the fence line
separating the Kern River Preserve on the east from the South Fork
Wildlife Area (Sequoia National Forest) on the west. There is a large
pullout on the right at about 1.6 miles. The wooden fence line is
found coming down the rocky hillside around the corner west from the
pullout. At this point, this hotspot includes Prince's Pond.
KERN RIVER VALLEY - KERNVILLE
***Kern River--north fork (Kern Co.)
***Kernville--business and residential areas
***Kernville--Whiskey Flat Trail
***Sierra Way--Kern Co./Tulare Co. Line - site to try for Kern Co. Black Swift
KERN RIVER VALLEY - KEYESVILLE
***Keyesville--Slippery Rock Launch Site
KERN RIVER VALLEY - LAKE ISABELLA (COMMUNITY AREA)
***Bob Powers Gateway Preserve
***Kern Valley Plaza
KERN RIVER VALLEY - LAKE ISABELLA (RESERVOIR AREA)
***Lake Isabella - covers the entire reservoir
***Lake Isabella--Engineer Pt.
***Lake Isabella--French Gulch Marina
***Lake Isabella--Kissack Cove
***Lake Isabella--Main Dam Campground
***Lake Isabella--Main Dam Overlook
***Lake Isabella--North Fork - covers the entire north arm of the reservoir
***Lake Isabella--Pioneer Point Campground
***Lake Isabella--South Fork Recreation Area
***Lake Isabella--Tillie Creek Campground
KERN RIVER VALLEY - SOUTH FORK VALLEY
***Canebrake Ecological Reserve
***Cliffs east of Cottage Grove Cemetery
***South Fork Valley--Fay Ranch Rd. (upper) - 2.0 miles north to end.
***South Fork Valley--Onyx
***South Fork Valley--Paul's Place - 0.75 mile long Paul's Place and
corresponding section of CA Hwy. 178.
KERN RIVER VALLEY - SOUTH FORK WILDLIFE AREA (Sequoia National Forest)
***South Fork Wildlife Area--Hanning Flat - off Sierra Way, 2.9 mi.
from Hwy 178.
***South Fork Wildlife Area--KOA Access - walk through gate access
off the north side Hwy 178, 1.2 miles west of Sierra Way.
***South Fork Wildlife Area--north - Watchable Wildlife Area off the
south side of Sierra Way, 2.1 miles north and west off Hwy 178.
***South Fork Wildlife Area--south - Watchable Wildlife Area off
north side of Hwy 178, 1.8 miles west of Sierra Way
***Piute Mountain Rd.--east - east of Landers Meadow
***Piute Mtn Rd.--Landers Meadow
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY FLOOR
***Buena Vista Recreation Area - This hotspot covers Kern County's
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation area between Bakersfield and Taft and
west of Interstate 5. It incudes 998-acre Lake Webb and 86-acre Lake Evans
***Kern NWR - This hotspot covers the 10,000+ acre Kern National
Wildlife Refuge located 19 miles west of Delano.
***Tule Elk State Reserve - This hotspot covers the Tule Elk State
Reserve near Tupman and west of I-5.
***Tehachapi Mountain Park
***Tehachapi Sewage Ponds
***Tehachapi Willow Springs Rd.--riparian
***Walker Pass--Pacific Crest Trail-south
***Walker Pass East--81.5 - Joshua tree woodland at Hwy 178 mile 81.50.
***Walker Pass West--72.85 - a riparian strip
***Walker Pass West--74.00 (Bert's Park) - mixed habitats at Hwy 178
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County