The 04 JAN 04 Kern River Valley CBC recorded a record 137 species (plus one
count week species) in bright, clear, calm, and very cold weather (10
to 21 degrees F low to not much higher high). A near final cut compilation
kindly made by Alison Sheehey in my absence during the entire week following
the count day shows over 25,811 individual birds counted.
There were lots and lots and lots of highlights both in terms of birds rarely
observed in Kern County to those rarely observed on the Kern River Valley
Christmas Bird Count. In terms of traditional serious birding, the highlight
bird was the first record of Palm Warbler for the Kern River Valley
Murrelet Halterman who observed the bird well, took good notes, made a good
sketch with key field marks noted, and noticed confirming behaviors. A review
of the HIGHLIGHTS list following may yield a sighting of interest to you.
Thanks to the thirty participnats for their participation and considerable
results on this season's KRV CBC:
Bob Barnes, Darrell Barnes, Teresa Benson, Nancy Bruce, Brenda Burnett, Dan
Burnett, Gary File, Terri Gallion, Bruce Garlinger, Frank Gibson, Murrelet
Halterman, Brenda Kyle, Ken Kyle, Denise La Berteaux, Max Lathum, Barbara
Mansfield, Michael McQuerrey, Marya Miller, Chuck Peck, Barbara Reifel, John
Schmitt, Mark Schmitt, Alison Sheehey, Bob Steele, Susan Steele, Sandra
Steve Williams, Deb Wilson, John Wilson, and Peter Woodman.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS: Wood Duck 14; Hooded Merganser 5; RED-BREASTED MERGANSER 2
(SECOND WINTER RECORD for the Kern River Valley); Mountain Quail 3; Common
1; Horned Grebe 2; Eared Grebe 2035; Osprey 9, Bald Eagle 12, Peregrine Falcon
1; Virginia Rail 1; Sora 1; American Avocet 1; Bonaparte's Gull 2; Herring
6; Great Horned Owl 45; Burrowing Owl 1; Williamson's Sapsucker 4; Red-naped
Sapsucker 5; Red-breasted Sapsucker 14 (for comparison); Common Raven 1230;
Cactus Wren 1; Marsh Wren 1; Sage Thrasher 1; Orange-crowned Warbler 3; PALM
WARBLER 1 (FIRST RECORD for the Kern River Valley); Common Yellowthroat 1;
Chipping Sparrow 1; Great-tailed Grackle 1; Cassin's Finch 1; and Dark-eyed
Junco 1489 (including 2 Gray-headed, 3 Pink-sided, and 2 Slate-colored).
For a more complete accounting - please go to:
Happy & Productive Birding.
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