1/1/13: Ridgecrest Red Crossbills
I made a relatively brief, 11:15am-11:55am visit to Desert Memorial
Park in Ridgecrest this morning to see if the RED CROSSBILLS there in
December remained into the new year. They did. I had a high count o
23 individuals which equals highest December 2012 count made by Susan
Steele. Also present were at least 4 LONG-EARED OWLS in two roost
trees and 6 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
A two day late report is of 6 AMERICAN DIPPERS I counted along the
Kern River in the short distance (0.25-0.3 miles?) from Isabella
Reservoir's Main Dam down to Slippery Rock Launch during the 12/30/12
Kern River Valley Christmas Bird Count. Other species and numbers
reported for this CBC were 700+ COMMON MERGANSERS, 4 RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS (Tim Ludwick), over 124+ AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, and 1500
EARED GREBES on Isabella Reservoir plus OSPREYS and BALD EAGLES.
There are no doubt other highlights which I do not recall or of which
I am not aware. Alison Sheehey will be compiling this count between
remaining CBCs and perhaps after.
Happy New Year 2013.
Continued Happy & Productive Birding,
Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California