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11/25/11: Horned Grebes, Northern Goshawk, Pacific Wren

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, David Blue and I birded portions of the Kern River Valley and Greenhorn Mountains today (Fr, 11/25/11) from 6:30am to 1:30pm (not including 5am to 6:30am
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      Hi,

      David Blue and I birded portions of the Kern River Valley and
      Greenhorn Mountains today (Fr, 11/25/11) from 6:30am to 1:30pm (not
      including 5am to 6:30am and 1:30pm to 2:15pm non-birding travel time
      from/to Ridgecrest).

      HIGHLIGHTS: HORNED GREBE 2, NORTHERN GOSHAWK 1, PACIFIC WREN 1.

      A stationary count looking down on the Kern River from the Slippery
      Rock Launch site overlook yielded a nice suite of seventeen species
      as detected from a single spot including Common Goldeneye, Spotted
      Sandpiper, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, and Belted Kingfisher.

      A stationary count 0.6 miles west on Sawmill Rd. from CA Hwy 155
      yielded species including Rufous-crowned Sparrow (2 individuals).

      Tillie Creek Campground yielded numerous species and numbers
      including Red-naped Sapsucker (3 individuals) plus the expected
      numerous Phainopeplas, Purple Finches, and more common species. NOTE:
      N. John Schmitt found HORNED GREBE (2 individuals) in/on the north
      arm of Isabella Reservoir below Tillie Creek Campground just a few
      minutes before we ran into him in the campground proper. A walk down
      to the shore of the reservoir and a follow-up search for the grebes
      by the three of us failed to relocate these two Horned Grebes;
      perhaps due to the fact they were moving quickly when John observed
      them earlier.

      The coniferous/evergreen zone of the Greenhorn Mountains as accessed
      by CA Hwy 155 yielded species including NORTHERN GOSHAWK (1
      individual enjoyed flying low, flying higher, plus calling from near
      and calling from afar throughout a 27 minute period), Band-tailed
      Pigeon (12 individuals of this species which has been otherwise
      undetected this month), White-headed Woodpecker (3 individuals),
      PACIFIC WREN (1 individual calling along the creek where it runs
      through the upper portion of the community of Alta Sierra), and
      Townsend's Solitaire (1+).

      A drive along the first five miles of Kelso Valley Rd. south from CA
      Hwy 178 in Weldon yielded species including four Cactus Wrens and one
      Mountain Bluebird.

      An early afternoon visit to our last stop at Scodie Park in the
      community of Onyx was quiet in terms of bird activity with a single
      female Hairy Woodpecker proving to be the highlight (no Williamson's
      Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, or Red-naped Sapsucker reported
      for this park thus far this 2011-2012 fall-winter season).

      Continued Happy & Productive Birding,

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
      24/7 Cell Phone Number: 760-382-1260
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