S. Fk. Kern R. Valley--Canebrake Ecological Reserve , 1/1/11
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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
* 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
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
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