Yellow billed cuckoo help
- Can someone fire me off an email with directions toward a couple of reliable sites for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo by the Audubon Kern preserve/Lake Isabella area. I seem them reported on eBird but they seem to be all over the place. I need one for my life list and will be traveling up there late next week.
This past Wednesday, July 27th Pam Quittmeyer,
Redlands CA birder, posted to kerncobirding
asking for specific locations to seek
Yellow-billed Cuckoo on Audubon-California Kern
River Preserve land in the South Fork Kern River
Valley in Weldon. I responded with my thoughts
which some other kerncobirding subscribers might have offered, too.
Yesterday, Saturday, Pam was successful in her quest!
At 04:00 PM 7/28/2012, Pam O wrote:
>Thanks so much for your help, I got the birdsOf course, I am very glad Pam met with success at
>about 50 yards west of the Sierra Way bridge in
>the riverbed area. I was really quiet and very
>respectful. Easy to hear them, like you said,
>hard to see them. I waited around quietly until
>I caught sight of a yellow bill cooing and got
>out of there quickly. Beautiful day.
8am. Such is not always the case. I took a Kern
Audubon Society group both upriver and down river
from the Sierra Way bridge on July 15th without
success. I also took a Los Angeles Audubon
Society group on cuckoo quests most of each
morning both June 23 & 24 to four known areas of
occurrence this year without success! Pam proved
it is a matter of being at the right place at the right time.
Maybe next time I'll just tell Kern Audubon
Society and Los Angeles Audubon Society groups
where to look on their own so as to possibly give
them a better chance of seeing cuckoos without me than with me! :)
As I wrote to Pam, I have found my best success
with finding Yellow-billed Cuckoos to be from
mid-July through to mid-August which appears to
be the period when the most individuals are found
on the Kern River Preserve or the adjacent South
Fork Wildlife Area bordering the preserve on the
west. So, there is still time to try for
Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Kern Co. this 2012 breeding/nesting season.
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
>Pam.[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM, Bob Barnes
>You definitely are not too late for cuckoos! I
>consider the best time to look for them to be
>mid-July through mid-August. All but surely, all
>adults have finally arrived on territory. As of
>a couple of weeks ago there were an estimated
>25-30 individuals present, That estimate may be
>higher by now. At least three nests have now
>been found and several nestlings banded. Nesting
>can occur into September, even early October one
>year. Double clutches of eggs is not unusual and
>three clutches/nestings has been documented in the past.
>At 12:55 PM 7/26/2012, you wrote:
>>No problem about not getting to me right
>>away. The Cuckoo trip is slated for this
>>Saturday. You are well in time. I apologize
>>as well for not including my name in the
>>post. Bad habit from lazy work email that does
>>it for me. I have been to the Kern
>>Preserve/Lake Isabella area a couple of times
>>and I know where you're talking about. I
>>wonder if it isn't too late in the season, but
>>I will try anyway. Maybe run up to the
>>Greenhorns while I'm in the area to get my
>>Pileated for the year and make a day of
>>it. Please let me know if the surveyor has any more useful information.
>>Thanks for your help,
>>On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM, Bob Barnes
>><<mailto:bbarnes@...>bbarnes@... > wrote:
>My apologies for letting your email this fall through the cracks.
>Although it might be too late, I have just sent
>an email to one of the Kern Yellow-billed Cuckoo
>researchers for this breeding/nesting season
>asking if he can/will help you. He told me a few
>weeks ago that they had already determine 25-30
>cuckoos as being present this year. They are all
>over the place. But, as you suggest in your
>email, this does NOT mean success in finding
>them if you do not know exactly where to access
>the riparian forest and where to center your search.
>I can tell you that this year's population has
>been concentrated in the area west of Sierra Way
>bridge over the South Fork Kern River in the
>western portion of the Kern River Preserve and
>in the South Fork Wildlife Area to the west of
>there. Individuals have also been located
>upriver of the Sierra Way bridge over the South
>Fork Kern River for the first milhave or so.
>Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
>At 12:04 PM 7/17/2012, you wrote:
>>Can someone fire me off an email with
>>directions toward a couple of reliable sites
>>for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo by the Audubon
>>Kern preserve/Lake Isabella area? I seem them
>>reported on eBird but they seem to be all over
>>the place. I need one for my life list and will
>>be traveling up there late next week.