Continuing and new birds
- This morning (1/30) the EASTERN PHOEBE at the Kern N.W.R. was in it's
previously reported location along the tour route about 0.3-0.4 mi. from the
beginning. At a little before noon there were about 150 SANDHILL CRANES on
the east side of Wildwood Rd. about 0.5 miles south of the Garces Highway.
The birds were at quit a distance. Just before 12:30p they all got up
calling and circling high before heading north out of sight. I had called
Alison Sheehey and Susan Steele, who had been birding at Buena Vista Lakes,
when I first found them. They got there just in time to see the last of the
cranes before they were out of sight. I assume the cranes may have been
heading back to Pixley N.W.R. for the evening.
Ali and Susan told me that they had seen a GLAUCOUS-WINGED AND THAYER'S GULL
at Buena Vista earlier so together we headed down there. But first we made a
stop at Wildwood and 7th Standard Rd. where they had found about 40
SWAINSON'S HAWKS on their way up to see the cranes. They were sitting in the
field and soaring in the air and some were roosting in nearby Eucs. All 40
or so were still there when we returned. Nice sight for a January day.
When we got to Buena Vista there were very few gulls but luckily the young
Glaucous-winged and Thayer's were still there. As the afternoon continued
gulls started streaming in. By 5:00p when we left there were several hundred
California Gulls, a sprinkling of Ring-billed and Herring and, thanks to
Susan's discerning eye, at least a couple more yg. Thayer's and 2-3 Thayer
adults. The gulls were still streaming in from the south as we hurriedly
left in the midst of an intense rain storm and as darkness was falling.