- Birders: Three ROSS' GEESE were among thousands of ducks at the
Wastewater Treatment plant this morning. NORTHERN SHOVELERS were by
far the most common species present, but MALLARDS, GADWALL, WIGEONS,
RUDDY DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED and CINNAMON TEAL, EARED GREBES, RING-
NECKED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD, and PIED-BILLED GREBES were all
represented. In a flooded field nearby, we found 112 IBIS (WHITE-
FACED, most likely, but too far away) and over 200 LONG-BILLED
CURLEWS were accompanied by a dozen DOWITCHERS. A GREATER YELLOWLEGS
fed along the shoreline of one pond. WESTERN SANDPIPERS were the
only peeps present.
- Birders: I'll be birding the Bakersfield Waste Water Treatment ponds
in the morning, Saturday, 1/31 at about 8:00 a.m. Anyone interested
in joining me is welcome to do so. For information or directions,
please contact me offlist.
- Kern Co. Birders:
John Schmitt had the Northern Shrike later in the day on Sunday, February 1st.
He made one last check and found the bird!
John checked again since and did not relocate the bird. He said he has struck
out on more than one day followed by sightings on other days.
My understanding is that several birders had seen this bird through Friday,
January 30th. The bird was not seen by several birders on Saturday, January
31st. This was followed by John's February 1st sighting.
As of today, there have been several reports ranging from the first date of
observation on January 20th through February 1st.
Bob Barnes, Outreach Director
Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve
P.O. Box 953, Weldon, CA 93283
FedEx/UPS: 18747 Hwy. 178, Weldon, CA 93283
Phone: (760) 378-3044
- Birders: Nothing of great note at the "Stink Ponds," this morning.
Phalaropes - most likely Wilson's, although they spooked every time I
got the scope out. Actually, flailing arms, trying to clear away the
bugs probably caused the spooking more than getting the scope out.
The news of note is that the ponds are drying up, leaving vast mud
flats which are perfect for shorebirds. It's obviously too early, but
the flats should be teeming with birds soon.
- Birders: The ponds at the Bakersfield Waste Water Treatment Plant
continue to be in excellent shape for shorebirds. But still no
rarities. Joining the high numbers of WESTERN SANDPIPERS and fewer
LEAST SANDPIPERS were at least 3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS. The plant is at
the south end of Mount Vernon Ave., a mile south of Highway 58. You
don't have to call ahead, I have found, but it would be good: 832-
2851. They open at 7 on weekdays and 8 on weekends. The staff is
very receptive to birders.
125 miles north of Los Angeles, in the central valley
- Birders: Three SOLITARY SANDPIPERS hilighted the morning at the
Bakersfield Waste Water Treatment Plant. One was in the middle pond
on the west side of Mt. Vernon and the westerly pond, southwest
corner. The other two were in a pond on the east side of Mt. Vernon,
center westerly pond. The LESSER SCAUP continues in that same pond.