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S. Fk. Kern R. Valley--Canebrake Ecological Reserve , 1/1/11

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  • Bob Barnes
    The following report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/california/) Location: South Fork Valley--Canebrake Ecological Reserve
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 2, 2011
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      Location: South Fork Valley--Canebrake Ecological Reserve
      Observation time/date: 6:30am-2:34am, 1 Jan 2011
      Observer: Bob Barnes on South Fork Valley Christmas Bird Count
      territory of c. 600 acres.

      NOTES: 24F at start. Sunny until 11:30pm, total cloud cover rest
      of time with very light snow flurries starting c. 2:00pm-2:15pm.
      Party Hours: 8.25 (all on foot); Party Miles: 6 (all on foot).

      HIGHLIGHTS: COMMON MOORHEN 1 (My first at the Canebrake Ecological
      Reserve since 30+ years ago!), PURPLE FINCH 2 (irregular), Pine
      Siskin 45 (high number vs. prior counts).

      ROUTE: Although most of this route is currently off limits to the
      general public (except for the Christmas Bird Count each yea and
      researchers otherwise, it follows here for context. 6:30am start -
      Public Access Trail to the end; back to walk along upstream side of
      pond and marsh to South Fork Kern River; up alongside South Fork Kern
      River to end of Canebrake Ecological Reserve; cross-country to upper
      end of alluival fan at base of mountains; along interface of alluvial
      fan and mountains back to Public Access Trail; Public Access Trail to
      the end again (searching unsuccessfully for Canyon Wren); Public
      Access Trail back to public parking area with side trip to walk edge
      of pond and marsh; private driveway to ranch yard; walk along edge of
      Canebrake Creek riparian strip to east end; north across
      pasture/grasslands to base of mountains above end of flume at former
      pond; west along interface of fields and mountains to east end of
      Public Access Trail; Public Access Trail form east end all the way
      back to start of trail at public parking area - 2:45pm end.

      Number of species: 44

      ***Species observed from along Public Access Trail open to the general public
      * California Quail *** 168
      * Red-shouldered Hawk*** 1
      * Red-tailed Hawk *** 3 Two adults together and one immature.
      * Virginia Rail 6
      * Sora 1
      * Common Moorhen 1 My first observation of this species
      at the Canebrake Ecologicial Reserve since c. 30 years ago! Viewed
      with Alpen 10x42 binoculars at a distance of 75'-100'. In the company
      of 4 American Coots. Noticeably smaller than American Coots. Reddish
      bill with significant yellow tip ((vs. white on 4AMCOs) ... bill
      colors bright - more like breeding adult than winter adult, white
      stripe running horizontally along the lower edge of each wing (absent
      on 4 AMCOs), chestnut brown back (vs. dark gray/black on 4 AMCOs).
      * American Coot 4
      * Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 Auditory and visual I.D. in ranch yard.
      * Mourning Dove*** 1
      * Nuttall's Woodpecker*** 4
      * Downy Woodpecker 1
      * Hairy Woodpecker*** 1
      * Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)*** 6
      * Black Phoebe*** 2
      * Western Scrub-Jay*** 10
      * Common Raven*** 9
      * Oak Titmouse*** 5
      * Bushtit*** 21 Two flocks...
      * Rock Wren*** 5
      * Bewick's Wren*** 9
      * Marsh Wren 2
      * Ruby-crowned Kinglet*** 3
      * Western Bluebird*** 17
      * Hermit Thrush*** 3 Including two counter "chup"ping.
      * California Thrasher 1
      * European Starling*** 10
      * Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)*** 3
      * Spotted Towhee*** 1
      * California Towhee*** 16
      * Rufous-crowned Sparrow*** 1 End of Public Access Trail
      where this species is frequently observed.
      * Lark Sparrow*** 62
      * Song Sparrow*** 7
      * Lincoln's Sparrow*** 1
      * White-crowned Sparrow*** 555 Including one flock of 300
      crossing like Bushtits and for ten minutes over Public Access Trail
      from upstream direction toward downstream direction on the parking
      area side of the pedestrian bridge over Canebrake Creek.
      * Golden-crowned Sparrow*** 99 A "good winter" for this species.
      * Dark-eyed Junco*** 325 A "good winter" for this species.
      * Red-winged Blackbird*** 150
      * Tricolored Blackbird*** 50
      * Brewer's Blackbird*** 300
      * Purple Finch*** 2 Heard (pip, pip; pip, pip), then seen
      in flight.
      * House Finch*** 77
      * Pine Siskin 45 High number for this location vs. other years.
      * Lesser Goldfinch 13
      * American Goldfinch 1 Usually dominates in numbers vs
      Pine Siskin and Lesser Goldfinch at the traditional location for
      finding these species on the Canebrake Ecological Reserve in late
      December/early January.
      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

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