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246 Species as of SAT 10:53PM & Species Not Reported Yet

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  • Bob Barnes
    New since 10pm: Lewis s Woodpecker, Bell s Vireo, Pinyon Jay, Cedar Waxwing Kern County America s Birdiest Inland County Count 5pm, Thursday, April 28,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2011
      New since 10pm: Lewis's Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Pinyon Jay, Cedar Waxwing

      Kern County America's Birdiest Inland County Count
      5pm, Thursday, April 28, 2011-5pm, Sunday, May 1, 2011
      246 species (plus California Condor, Rose-ringed Parakeet) reported
      through 10:53pm, Saturday, April 30, 2011

      SATURDAY REPORTS SINCE 6pm: Cackling Goose (continuing at Lake
      Woollomes - southeast of Delano; continuing among American Coot
      flock in California City Central Park), Blue-winged Teal (male),
      Lesser Scaup, Merlin (late date by one week - Apr 23 vs. Apr 30),
      Willet (Koehn Lake), Spotted Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Bank
      Swallow, Willow Flycatcher (c. 10 days early), Mountain Bluebird
      (late and in an unexpected location - continuing at Kern NWR! - photo
      documented), Common Grackle (very rare - need convincing details),
      and Lewis's Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Pinyon Jay, Cedar Waxwing

      NOTE: Two to four OWLING parties are out this evening on Breckenridge
      Mountain and in the Greenhorn Mountains - NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL, SPOTTED
      OWL, and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL have already been phoned in - NINE OWL
      SPECIES REPORTED THUS FAR!!!!! An off-the-beaten path,
      past-four-years-active VERMILION FLYCATCHER territory will be checked
      during point counts on the Kern River Preserve tomorrow morning.

      NOT YET REPORTED (partial list - full list follows below):
      * COMMON MERGANSER (Isabella Reservoir?, Lake Ming?)
      * LOONS (Isabella Reservoir?. Lake Ming?)
      * WHITE-TAILED KITE (San Joaquin Valley floor)
      * FLAMMULATED OWL (Not on yet?)
      * VERMILION FLYCATCHER (see following)
      * BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (Kelso Creek Sanctuary check tomorrow)
      * BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER (sensitive area)
      * AMERICAN DIPPER (Kern River between Bakersfield and Isabella Main Dam)
      * BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW (road closed to major area, will keep checking)
      * GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (Kern River Preserve check will be made
      tomorrow morning; Cerro Noroeste Rd.)
      * VAGRANTS...

      Document rare species as best you can!

      NOT YET REPORTED (full list):
      Common Goldeneye - Isabella Reservoir?, Lake Ming?
      Common Merganser (see above)
      Sooty Grouse - snow bound
      Pacific Loon (see above)
      Common Loon (see above)
      Least Bittern - Kern NWR one year
      White-tailed Kite (see above)
      Bald Eagle (a lingerer at Isabella Reservoir?)
      Ruddy Turnstone (Bakersfield sewer ponds?)
      Sanderling (Bakersfield sewer ponds?)
      Pectoral Sandpiper (Bakersfield sewer ponds?)
      Herring Gull - may be too late
      Flammulated Owl - many years - may be late in arriving this year
      Williamson's Sapsucker - may only be in snow bound areas
      Red-naped Sapsucker - have been May records from Galileo Hill
      Vermilion Flycatcher (see above)
      Brown-crested Flycatcher (see above)
      Plumbeous Vireo - requires careful observation to separate from some
      "look-a-like" Cassin's Vireos
      Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (see above)
      American Dipper (see above)
      Varied Thrush - hit or miss
      Sage Thrasher - may be too late for this species
      Bendire's Thrasher - like looking for a needle in a haystack
      warblers (other than expected Kern western migrants)
      Black-chinned Sparrow (see above)
      Grasshopper Sparrow (see above)
      Other rare/unexpected species

      Bob Barnes
      Kern River Valley Birding
      1009 Las Cruces Avenue
      Ridgecrest, California 93555
      P: 760-382-1260
      E: bbarnes@...

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