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1 Mar TVs ["Madielsea AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
27 Feb Fwd: [CVBirds] Announcing Special Tricolored Blackbird Issue of the CV Bird Club Bulletin ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
17 Feb Black Swan at Hart Park ["blydecker AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
14 Feb 2015 Special Events-Kern Co/Kern Co Associated ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
12 Feb New Kern River Preserve Roadside Birding Trails ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
04 Feb 2/4/15 Butterbredt Spring ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
31 Jan 1/31/15 Tehachapi Area Birding ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
31 Jan Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Lake Ming ["Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
17 Jan Pine Siskins ["garycarlafile AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
1 Jan two Horned Grebes continue at Lake Ming 1/01/15 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
01 Jan 395 Known Participants! 2014 Kern Co. eBird Year In Review ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
29 Dec HELP!!! Kern Valley CBCs This Weekend ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
25 Dec two Horned Grebes on Lake Ming 12/25/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
24 Dec Cassin's Vireo in Kernville ["Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
19 Dec Pacific Loon and Common Loon on Lake Ming this morning 12/19/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
18 Dec Re: 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
18 Dec 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
16 Dec Pacific Loon and Common together at Lake Ming 12/16/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
15 Dec Re: Cassin's Vireo in Kernville ["Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
15 Dec Cassin's Vireo in Kernville ["Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
15 Dec 12/14/14 China Lake CBC ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
14 Dec Common Loon at Lake Ming 12/14/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
14 Dec Re: Kern River & Lake Ming Loons ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
13 Dec continuing Pacific Loon at Lake Ming 12/13/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
12 Dec Pacific loon on Ming lake. Friday 12/12 ["Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
6 Dec Cackling Goose at Hart Park 12/6/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
27 Nov Common Loon on the Kern River near Hart Park 11/27/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
23 Nov Re: eight Varied Thrush at Hart Park 11/21/14 ["Maci Madielsea AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
23 Nov Cerro Coso Varied Thrushes ["tjludwick AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
22 Nov Yet another Evening Grosbeak! ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
21 Nov eight Varied Thrush at Hart Park 11/21/14 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
20 Nov Snow Goose and Ross's Goose at Lake Ming east of Bakersfield 11/20/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
13 Nov Re: Red Fox Sparrow in Kernville ["natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
13 Nov Re: Fun California Warbler Diversity Tidbits ["natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
12 Nov Red Fox Sparrow in Kernville ["Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
12 Nov Pine Siskins ["garycarlafile AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
10 Nov Fun California Warbler Diversity Tidbits ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
10 Nov RE: No pine warbler today ["'Koonce, Sandy' sandy_koonce AT redlands.edu [kerncobirding]" ]
09 Nov No pine warbler today ["cropwatch AT earthlink.net [kerncobirding]" ]
08 Nov Cerro Coso College option while waiting ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
08 Nov Ridgecrest Pine Warbler Access ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
7 Nov Gray Catbird continues at Galileo and White-throated Sparrow seen with Gray Catbird 11/7/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
6 Nov Birding Galileo 11/6/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
05 Nov Cerro Coso ["Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" ]
1 Nov Lewis's Woodpecker at Hart Park east of Bakersfield 11/01/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
30 Oct a few Cerro Coso birds ["'Susan Steele' steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" ]
30 Oct Evening Grosbeak Again-Visual & 2nd Observer This Time ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
29 Oct Mary Freeman's 12/28/14 Galileo/Silver Saddle Report ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
27 Oct Varied Thrush at Hart Park 10/27/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
22 Oct 10/22/14 Kern River Preserve Evening Grosbeak ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
21 Oct Blackburnian Warbler continues at Galileo 10/21/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
21 Oct FW: Galileo Hills ["'Susan Steele' steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" ]
20 Oct Galileo Blackburnian Warbler ["Steve Summers summers AT ocsnet.net [kerncobirding]" ]
20 Oct Blackburnian Warbler at Galileo ["'Jim Moore' moorebirder AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
19 Oct 10/18/14 Bakersfiled Area Birding ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
17 Oct Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-juvenile at Galileo 10/16 and 10/17/2014 ["kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
15 Oct Chestnut-sided Warbler and Sapsucker Sp.(juvenile) at Galileo 10/15/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
12 Oct Lewis' woodpeckers ["angelaguy AT att.net [kerncobirding]" ]
09 Oct Galileo Update: Birds & Birders ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
09 Oct Galileo Update: Birds & Birders ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
08 Oct Re: Red-Faced Warbler ["'thomas.miko AT verizon.net' thomas.miko@verizon.net [kerncobirding]" ]
7 Oct Red-faced Warbler seen in several locations at Galileo 10/07/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
7 Oct Red-Faced Warbler ["'John C. Wilson' jcwilson AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
7 Oct Red-Faced Warbler ["'John C. Wilson' jcwilson AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
6 Oct Chestnut-sided Warbler at Galileo on 10/06/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
02 Oct Cerro Coso Community College warning ["'Susan Steele' steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" ]
02 Oct Galileo staff expected to be notified tomorrow ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
02 Oct Important Galileo/Silver Saddle Update ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
1 Oct Ovenbird and Band-tailed Pigeon at Galileo 10/01/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
23 Sep Kern River Valley Am. Redstart ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
23 Sep Fwd: KERN birds 9/21-23 (Paint Redstart & BrWi Hawk etc)@Butter/GalHill ["Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" ]
23 Aug Water for Kern NWR & Kern County Wildlife ["Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" ]
20 Aug Sora at Galileo 8/20/14 ["Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" ]
02 Aug how about 2014 instead. ["kkheindel AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
02 Aug time for a Summer report ["kkheindel AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]
30 Jul AOU changes pertinent to Kern County ["'Ali Sheehey' natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" ]

Subject: TVs
From: "Madielsea AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:09:02 -0500
400-500 Turkey Vultures were circling the skies and enjoying the thermals  
above the Panorama Bluffs and Panorama Vista Preserve in northeast 
Bakersfield  late this afternoon, 4:30ish.  Spectacular sight!
 
Madi Elsea
Subject: Fwd: [CVBirds] Announcing Special Tricolored Blackbird Issue of the CV Bird Club Bulletin
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:13:43 -0800
Hi,

Tricolored Blackbirds are found in Kern County as a breeding/nesting 
species. Smaller numbers are found in Kern County throughout the year. 
Based on the preceding, the following may be of interest to those 
enrolled in the Kerncobirding listserv.

Serving as the messenger,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[CVBirds] Announcing Special Tricolored Blackbird Issue of the 
CV Bird Club Bulletin
Date: 	Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:21:23 -0800
From: 	Dan Airola d.airola AT sbcglobal.net [central_valley_birds] 

Reply-To: 	Dan Airola 
To: 	Central Valley Birds 



Pardon use of the list serv for this, but I thought members may want to 
know about the availability of a forthcoming special issue of the 
Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin.  This will be a special triple issue 
dedicated to the status, ecology, and conservation of the newly 
state-listed Tricolored Blackbird.  The expanded issue will include 9 
papers (about 100 pages) providing up-to-date information on Tricolored 
Blackbird population assessment, ecology of foothill populations, 
habitat management, recovery needs, and conservation programs.  Authors 
include species experts Drs. Robert (Bob) Meese and Edward C. (Ted) 
Beedy, other scientists, and representatives of Audubon California and 
Audubon chapters.

We believe that this issue will be an important reference for agency 
personnel, conservationists, and anyone interested in California's 
native blackbird.

Central Valley Bird Club members will receive a copy as part of their 
regular membership benefits.   A limited number of copies also  will be 
available for individual sale at a price to be determined later.  The 
easiest and surest way to get a copy is to join the CVBC ($25 sent to 
CVBC c/o Frances Oliver, 1817 Songbird Place, Lodi, CA 95240).

We expect the issue to be available by the middle to the end of March, 
and will provide later notice then.  Thanks.
Dan Airola
CVBC Bulletin Editor
Sacramento
Subject: Black Swan at Hart Park
From: "blydecker AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 14:18:23 -0800
I saw a Black Swan in the pond at Hart Park this morning. Photos are in the 
photo file. Any ideas about how the bird got here? 

 

 Bill Lydecker
 Bakersfield
Subject: 2015 Special Events-Kern Co/Kern Co Associated
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:23:52 -0800
*2015 Kern Co. & Kern Co. Associated Special Events:

Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8, 2015 - 4th Annual Vallarta Bird Festival, 
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (http://www.vallartabirdconservancy.org/) - 
*Kern County resident Greg Homel helped found the Vallarta Bird 
Conservancy & Vallarta Bird Festival and has a second home there.

*Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29 - Wind Wolves Preserve Nature Festival - 
*For a festival schedule contact Assistant Preserve Manager Megan at 
megan1 AT twc-ca.org. All events are free of charge.
*
3:30pm, Thursday, April 30 to 3:30pm, Sunday, May 3 - Kern County Big 
Birding Weekend/Birdiest Inland County Species Count

Saturday, May 2 - Kerncrest Audubon Society Bird-A-Thon - *This event 
interfaces with the Big Birding Weekend.*

Saturday, May 9 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Spring 
Bird Count - *This year's count will also serve both as a stand alone 
event and as part of a *Regional Bioblitz* initiated by the Tejon Ranch 
Conservancy. One of the interfaces the same day will be the *South Fork 
Kern River Valley Butterfly Count*. NOTE: The 5/9/15 Regional Bioblitz 
is a new event organized by Tejon Ranch Conservancy. Distinct areas *to 
date* to be covered in this initial effort are the South Fork Kern River 
Valley, Tejon Ranch, and Walker Basin contiguous private ranches with 
conservation easements held by The Nature Conservancy. These formerly 
distinct date events will be held at the same time thus allowing 
accomplishing three purposes within a one day effort. What this means to 
me is while counting birds for the Rapid Assessment - butterflies, 
herps, mammals, plants, or any other natural history notes will be 
recorded according to our respective abilities and knowledge for 
contribution to the 24 hour 5/9/15 Regional Bioblitz. Since some to many 
of you will no doubt be birding *Butterbredt Spring* on May 9th please 
send me any data you gather to add to the overall Bioblitz 
characterization - start and end time, species and numbers, nature 
notes, etc. Direction to submitted eBird lists will be helpful as well. 
See *Wind Wolves Preserve* note following immediately - as with 
Butterbredt Spring, sharing of data gathered appreciated.

*Wind Wolves Preserve*, a 93,000 acre nature preserve owned and operated 
by The Wildlands Conservancy located in the San Emigdio Mountains is 
open every day for free hiking, birding, camping, and biking.  They 
*welcome any birders who would like to come up on May 9th from 8am-6pm* 
to bird the cottonwood and willow riparian woodlands, pinyon juniper 
chaparral, blue oak woodland, valley floor grasslands, and wetland 
habitats.  There is a shuttle service every weekend that will bring you 
up the San Emigdio canyon and has drop off and pick up locations near 
many of these habitats.  The shuttle runs at 8:30am, 12:30pm, and 
3:30pm.  For any questions visit their website at 
(http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html) or 
contact Assistant Preserve Manager Megan at 661-858-1115 or 
megan.l AT twc-ca.org.  Bird species list available upon request.
*
Friday-Monday, May 22-25 - Morro Coast Audubon Society Field Trip to 
East Kern Desert Oases, Kern River Valley, and Southern Sierra Nevada - 
*Specific field trip days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt. 
Contact Bob to see if non-chapter members are welcome to fill the trip.*

Friday-Monday, June 12-15 - Los Angeles Audubon Society Field Trip to 
the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada - *Specific field trip 
days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.

*Friday-Monday, June 26-29 - Sea & Sage Audubon Society Field Trip to 
the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada - *Specific field trip 
days will be led by Bob Barnes or John Schmitt.

*Saturday, June 27 - North Fork Kern River Butterfly Count

Sunday, June 28 - Giant Sequoia National Monument South Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 11 - South Fork Kern River Valley Rapid Assessment Summer 
Bird Count

Saturday-Saturday, November 7-14 - Southern Sierra Research Station 
(Weldon, Kern Co.) Alamos, Mexico Birding Trip - Maximum of 7 
participants plus 2 leaders - *Trip funds will be used to help fund 
range wide "Western" Yellow-billed Cuckoo work plus support of local 
ecotourism and bird guides in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico with a portion 
being a tax-deductible donation.* *Mexico endemic/near endemic bird 
species in the area to be visited in November include Rufous-bellied 
Chachalaca*, Elegant Quail*, Rufous-crowned Motmot***, Mexican 
Parrotlet**, Purplish-backed Jay*, and Happy Wren****. *Sonora south 
into Jalisco. **Sonora south into northern Colima. ***southern Sonora 
into Guatemala. ****Sonora south into Chiapas.

*Monday, December 14, 2015-Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - Christmas Bird 
Count Season* *(http://www.natureali.org/cbcs.htm) *- Bakersfield CBC, 
Bear Valley Springs CBC, Butterbredt CBC, China Lake CBC, Kern River 
Valley CBC, South Fork Valley CBC, Tehachapi CBC, Tejon Ranch CBC.

*On-going Offerings- Audubon Kern River Preserve, Kern Audubon Society, 
Kerncrest Audubon Society, Panorama Vista Preserve, Tejon Ranch 
Conservancy, Wind Wolves Preserve*

Serving as the messenger and able to answer some to many questions plus 
direct you to contacts for each event,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Southern Sierra Conservancy, Secretary/Treasurer
24/7 Cellular Phone Number: 760-382-1260
Subject: New Kern River Preserve Roadside Birding Trails
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:57:11 -0800
Hi,

INVITATION
You are inviited to join me for 2-4 hours of early morning birding 
followed by 1-2 hours of late morning birding trail clearing and/or 
maintenance alongside Fay Ranch Rd and Sierra Way in Weldon between now 
and the commencement of the South Fork Kern River Valley high birding 
season in April. The work to date has proved to be easy to fairly easy - 
clearing debris, some light sawing and trimming, and mostly raking to 
define the trails. SometimesI find myself wanting to stop birding to get 
to the trail work sooner! Weird!!! But, I like to see the progress which 
is often 100-200' or more per hour! There are no formal dates scheduled. 
Visits are based on arrangements made with any one or more interested. 
Contact me if you want to try it to see if this works for you - Bob 
Barnes (bbarnes AT lightspeed.net, 760-382-1260). I have lots of tools 
(hand saw, rakes, trimmer, etc.) for use if needed. Whether or not you 
wish to bird only, help with trail work only, do both, or just use the 
trails for birding after Sean Rowe finishes mowing in late March/early 
April, you are welcome. As my Mom use to tell me, "Unless it involves 
unequivocal self-harm or harm to others, always respect the decisions 
others make for their own lives." That means if we go birding in the 
morning before trail work and anyone decides they do not want to do any 
trail work, I am 100% fine with that as well as with any help at all 
from others!

BACKGROUND:
Audubon Kern River Preserve Land Steward (and birder) Sean Rowe and I 
have worked on a birding trail along Fay Ranch Rd in Weldon - the 1.8 
mile long, flat, straightaway section between CA Hwy 178 at the South 
Fork Elementary School on the south and the desert habitat just beyond 
the cattle guard on the north. The narrow trail segments are on the west 
side of the road. Sean has been mowing both sides of the road and 
performed power saw work clearing a path past a large, downed cottonwood 
on the west side of the road. After birding, Bob has performed prep work 
(clearing debris, hand saw work, raking to define the trail, trimming, 
etc.) on non-mowed portions of the trail and prior to Sean's mowing in 
late March/early April. The result provides safe walking off paved Fay 
Ranch Rd and out of the way of local vehicle traffic. During 2014 spring 
and summer birding season, the Fay Ranch Rd roadsides is where VERMILION 
FLYCATCHER and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER were observed by birders pls a 
nice selection of other bird species including SUMMER TANAGER and 
several BLUE GOSBEAKS. It's a diverse birding area including the school 
grounds, fields, irrigated pastures, and the South Fork Kern River 
riparian forest.

I have been building (mostly clearing actually) a 0.75 mile long similar 
trail along the west side of Sierra Way from the bridge over the South 
Fork Kern River south to the south end of Audubon Kern River Preserve 
property at Prince Ranch. Habitats ae similar to those found along Fay 
Ranch Rd. During 2014 this area was a hotbed for SUMMER TANAGERS. 
Sometimes YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and 
BELL'S VIREO put in an appearance along the road corridor.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell: 760-382-1260



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Subject: 2/4/15 Butterbredt Spring
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:40:17 -0800
Hi,

Went to Butterbredt Spring today for a 12pm-1:30pm meeting with Kern 
River Preserve Manager Reed Tollefson, Kerncrest Audubon Society 
President Brenda Burnett, and three CA State Parks employees visiting 
and working at this small portion of their November 2014 purchase of 
25,000+ acres of land in the area. CA State Parks staff had just 
finished putting in new barriers to cattle, horses, and OHVs, plus 
installation of a new pedestrians only entryway. The road is currently 
in excellent shape. Fourteen LAWRENCES GOLDFINCHES (among eight total 
species recorded) were together at one time in the tall tree at the base 
of the spring as seen from the bluff observation area. It was nearly 67 
degrees and sunny at Butterbredt today. Since Butterbredt receives no 
birding coverage most every day in winter, it is not known when the 
goldfinches arrived - with the warm weather or ?

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California


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Subject: 1/31/15 Tehachapi Area Birding
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:34:45 -0800
Hi,

Today Ken Burton, Lisa Lavelle, and I birded five locations in the 
Tehachapi area - Hidden Ponds (AKA Hidden Lakes), Golden Hills Golf 
Course (abandoned)/Tom Sawyer Lake, Brite Lake, Tehachapi Mountain Park, 
and the Tehachapi Water Treatment Plant ponding basin with water in it. 
Four of the areas provided a decent representation of duck species 
(American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, 
Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common 
Merganser, Ruddy Duck). The Tom Sawyer Lake resident Greater 
White-fronted Goose showed itself.

And, the best birding in terms of species diversity and numbers was the 
walk from Tom Sawyer Lake along the edge of the abandoned Golden Hills 
Golf Course then down the draw through beautiful deciduous oak wooldand 
to just short of the railroad tracks and CA Hwy 58. The 447 BAND-TAILED 
PIGEONS we tallied while walking down the draw was by far the most I 
have ever counted in Kern County and second only to the 600 or so I 
counted in the Mountain Home territory on a Springville Christmas Bird 
Count in Tulare County 3.5 to 4.5 decades ago. My prior high counts in 
Kern County were in the 30-50 individuals range.

We tallied 42 species during our Golden Hills Golf Course/Tom Sawyer 
Lake walk including the walk down the draw. The compete eBird list with 
species and numbers of individuals tallied for each species may be 
viewed via...



In this winter of low species diversity and especially low numbers of 
individual birds, it was fun to walk in a location with non-stop birds 
and good diversity.

Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding throughout 2015.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California


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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Lake Ming
From: "Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:50:30 -0800
Good Morning Birders. I just saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker at the upper lake 
Ming picnic grounds. Very brown juvenile. Working deciduous trees in the 
central part of the picnic grounds. 


Yours in nature,

Ali

Alison Sheehey
PO Box 1832
Kernville, CA 93238

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "garycarlafile AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 13:54:59 -0800
Had 28 Pine Siskins on my feeders all at once this morning before leaving
 to Tulare Co.
 Been getting atleast 6 to10 a day. This is North/West Bakersfield
 

 Gary File
 Bakersfield
Subject: two Horned Grebes continue at Lake Ming 1/01/15
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:37:22 -0500
Today, 1/01/15, we saw the two continuing Horned Grebes at the  west end of 
Lake Ming. 
 
                                                           Ken  and Brenda 
Kyle
                                                            Bakersfield
Subject: 395 Known Participants! 2014 Kern Co. eBird Year In Review
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2015 09:01:23 -0800
*2014 Kern Co. eBird Year In Review

CONTENTS:
***California eBird Web Site:* http://ebird.org/content//ca 

****Monthly and Annual Species Total for each month and year for 2012, 
2013, and 2014
***Discussion via Bullet Points (including new topics)
*****List of at let 395 which/who have lists entered in eBird for 2014 
for Kern County

***eBird Web Site* (http://ebird.org/content/ 
) for all kinds of data 
characterizations and how to join in if you care to do so. Except for 
the value of time and effort involved, it is all available free of 
monetary charge; allowing access to: review of data submitted from all 
over the world, rare bird alerts, feature articles, personal lists from 
life lists to specific area lists, and a venue for contributing to a 
data-base of world-wide submissions in a "Think Globally, Act Locally" 
manner.

****Species reported for each month for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 
2014; year total for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014; and All Time 
totals for each month and year for all years combined back to earliest 
entry from the 1960s:*
2010:      J-179, F-177, M-189, A-233, M-245, J-224, J-210, A-203, 
S-229, O-214, N-186, D-189, Y-313
2011:      J-197, F-192, M-205, A-243, M-256, J-223, J-197, A-201, 
S-238, O-239, N-195, D-202, Y-337
2012:      J-187, F-182, M-214, A-243, M-259, J-238, J-212, A-212, 
S-228, O-226, N-188, D-193, Y-328
2013:      J-177, F-189, M-205, A-237, M-277, J-228, J-198, A-208, 
S-224, O-210, N-177, D-174, Y-309
2014:      J-203, F-201, M-208, A-247, M-265, J-192, J-192, A-201, 
S-215, O-220, N-185, D-183, Y-321
All Time: J-236, F-233, M-263, A-304, M-349, J-314, J-267, A-273, S-325, 
O-330, N-272, D-255, Y-421

****Discussion via Bullet Points:*

    * 421 species have been reported to eBird all time for Kern County.
      FIVE new species were added to the Kern County eBird list in 2014.
      A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed, photographed, and
      reported by Alison Sheehey at Isabella Reservoir on January 5th,,
      then observed by several other people that day. Two individuals
      were found by multiple observers at Isabella Reservoir on 1/12/14.
      An individual from Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area from an
      earlier year has not yet been eBirded. A GULL-BILLED TERN was
      observed, photographed, and reported by Susan Steele at a private
      property near Kern National Wildlife Refuge on 5/2/14 and
      subsequently seen and photographed by multiple observers just over
      the county line in Kings County including Susan. A PINE WARBLER
      was observed, photographed, and reported by Tom Benson (photos),
      Matt Grube (photos), David Rankin, and Brad Singer at Desert
      Memorial Park (cemetery) in Ridgecrest on 11/8/14. A RED-FACED
      WARBLER was reported by Brenda Kyle and Ken Kyle at Galileo
      Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club on 10/7/14 and subsequently seen
      and photographed by many others well into 10/8/14. SAGEBRUSH
      SPARROW was reported by separate individuals in February including
      those showing field marks and singing songs attributed to that
      species.
    * 321 species were listed on eBird for Kern County in 2014
      (non-introduced species, introduced species, plus ABA
      non-countable California Condor and Rose-ringed Parakeet).
    * A new total species high count was set for three months out of
      twelve: January  (by 6 species - 203 species in January 2014 vs.
      the 197 species former high from January 2011), February (by 9
      species - 201 species on February 2014 vs. the 192 species former
      high from February 2011), and April (by 5 species - 248 species in
      April 2014 vs. the 243 species former high from April 2011 and
      April 2012).
    * 200+ species plus having now been reported in eleven out of twelve
      calendar months at least once. January and February were added to
      the "200 club" with 203 species reported for January 2014 and 201
      species reported for February 2014, leaving only November (195
      species high in 2011) outstanding.
    * 300+ species have been reported for five months: April-304,
      May-349, September-325, October-330, and June-314. There are no
      others closely approaching the 300 species horizon.
    * 134 species have been reported for Kern County for every one of
      the 48 eBird bar chart weeks in a year. Species with only one bar
      chart week gap remaining are American Wigeon (Aug 1-7), Lesser
      Scaup (Jul 15-21), California Condor (Jul 1-7), Sora (Jul 15-21),
      Long-billed Curlew (Nov 15-21), Western Sandpiper (Feb 1-7),
      Band-tailed Pigeon (Nov 15-21), Vermilion Flycatcher (Aug 8-14),
      Pinyon Jay (Mar 1-7),  Lincoln's Sparrow (Aug 8-14), and Purple
      Finch (Sep 15-21). Species with only two gaps remaining are
      Blue-winged Teal (Sep 1-7, Nov 8-14), Wilson's Snipe (Jul 8-14,
      Jul 22-31), Belted Kingfisher (Jun 15-21, Jun 22-30),
      Golden-crowned Kinglet (9/1-7, Dec 1-7), and Cassin's Finch (Oct
      1-7, Dec 8-14)
    * 19 specific eBird hotspot locations now have data entered into the
      eBird database for every week of the year including California
      City Central Park, Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Cerro Coso
      Community College, China Lake Golf Course, China Lake Ponds,
      Desert Memorial Park, Galileo Hill, Inyokern--Middlemiss, Inyokern
      Water Treatment Plant, Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Kern River
      County Park, Kern River Preserve (Fay Ranch Rd), Kern River
      Preserve (Headquarters), Kern River Preserve (Sierra Way), Paul's
      Place, Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife Park, Scodie Park, Slippery
      Rock Launch Site, and Tillie Creek Campground.
    * The top 25 Kern County eBird locations based on species diversity
      reported to date: Galileo Hill (296 species), China Lake
      NAWS--Sewage Ponds-restricted access (287), California City
      Central Park (255), Kern River Preserve (254), Lake Isabella
      (246), Kern National Wildlife Refuge (214), Butterbredt Spring
      (213), Kern River County Park (211), Cerro Coso Community College
      (198), Desert Memorial Park-142 & adjacent Ridgecrest Watchable
      Wildlife Park-172 (192), South Fork Wildlife Area (186), China
      Lake NAWS--Golf Course-restricted access (183), Kern River
      Preserve--Headquarters (181), Canebrake Ecological Reserve (178),
      Kelso Valley Rd (169), Kern River County Park--Hart Park (164),
      South Fork Wildlife Area--South (161), Kern River Preserve--Fay
      Ranch Rd (159), Kern River Preserve--Migrant Corner Trail (155),
      Kern River County Park--Lake Ming (153), Kern River
      Preserve--Sierra Way (148), Greenhorn Mountains (144), Sand Canyon
      (137), Lake Isabella--Tillie Creek Campground (136), Lake
      Isabella--Kissack Cove (134)
    * BLM and Kerncrest Audubon Society volunteers conducted six per
      season (late March through early June) point counts in Indian
      Wells Canyon and Sand Canyon in the now-designated Southern Sierra
      Desert Canyons Important Bird Area in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000,
      2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. The data from
      1996-2014 Indian Wells Canyon  and Sand Canyon point counts have
      now been entered into the eBird database reflecting observations
      made by BLM biologists, plus Kerncrest Audubon Society volunteers
      including Dan Burnett, Bob Parker, Lee Sutton, and Shirley Sutton.
    * Bob Barnes continued to take numerous trips to the Kern River
      Valley to fill in gaps in eBird bar charts for specific locations;
      especially for Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern River
      Preseve--Fay Ranch Road, Kern River Preserve--Headquarters, Kern
      River Preserve--Migrant Corner Trail, and Kern River
      Preserve--Sierra Way.
    * Sean Rowe and Bob Barnes entered data for 1994-2006 annual fall
      Kern Valley Vulture Watch counts using the Southern Sierra
      Research Station eBird account with Sean entering vulture data and
      Bob adding associated bird observations data to Sean's base lists.
    * Bob Barnes (947), Alison Sheehey (256), Susan Steele (229), Sean
      Rowe (191), Scot Pipkin (179), Elias Elias (127), and Denise
      LaBerteaux (113) each submitted over 100 checklists into the eBird
      database for 2014.
    * Alison Sheehey (261), Susan Steele (258), Bob Barnes (252), Tim
      Ludwick (249), and Orange County-based birder Tom Wurster (214)
      each reported over 200 species for Kern County in 2014.
    * To view the list of the Top 100 eBirders for Kern County in 2014,
      go to:
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/ca/top100?locInfo.regionType=subnational2&locInfo.regionCode=US-CA-029&year=2014 

 
 

    * Active Kern County eBirders David Blue (& Linda Blue) and Richard
      Sparks (& Christine Sparks) each independently moved to Colorado
      in 2014 after having made significant contributions to the Kern
      County eBird database. David entered thousands of personal
      historical Kern County records and Richard carried the banner
      regarding data entry for Tehachapi area locations.

Kern County data sets for bar chart and other eBird status & 
distribution characterizations were greatly increased in 2014 by the 
record participation of at least 395 birders by/for whom data was 
entered. Thank you to us all!

****List of at least 395 who have lists in the eBird database for 2014 
for Kern County: *James Abernathy, Annie Abramovitz, Ben Abramovitz, 
Jackson Abramovitz, Shem Abramovitz, Georgia Adams, Marianne Agnew, 
Bilal Al, Mary Allan, Allison Alvarado, Rose An, Ron Andersen, Sandra 
Anderson, Matthew Anthony, Bettina Arrigoni, Bob Arrigoni, Bill 
Asteriades, Bob Barnes, James Barnes, Pat Barron, Eddie Bartley, Cynthia 
Bates, Cody Bear, Vern Benhart, Tom Benson, John Birsner, Diane Bishop, 
Gordon Black, J.R. Blair, David Blue, Jim Boone, Johnny Bovee, Scott 
Bowers, Steve Brad, David Bradford, Leslie Brandon, Jean Brandt, Donna 
Bray, Jeff Bray, Ann Brooks, Eric Brooks, Ralph Bucher, Daniel Burnett, 
Danuta Burris, Jesse David Burrows, Kate Busbee, Michael Butler, Al 
Caetano, Debra Campbell, Mary Ann Campbell, Encar Card, Rita Carratello, 
Jay Carroll, Shirley Castro, Kelly Cataldo, Juli, Chamberlin, 
Christopher Charlesworth, George Chrsman, CJ, Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin, 
Alex Coffey, Peter Colasanti, Marcia Coleman, Bob Coley, Roger Coley, 
Dave Collins, Chris Conard, Lisa Cook, Dan Cooper, Eliabeth Cordero, 
Steve Courtney, William Craig, Phil Cronin, John Crosby, Nancy Crosby, 
Ron Cyger, Jason Daly, Wanda Dameron, Matthew Danielcyck, Conley Day, 
Tom Dayton, Frank DeMartino, Bruce Deuel, Inez Devlin-Kelly, Terry 
Dickerson, Angela Dillingham, Colin Dillingham, Tim Dillingham, Matthew 
Dodder, Georgia Doyle, Tracy Drake, Mary Dufrain, Cedric Duhalde, Mike 
Dupree, Tom Eastman, Tom Edell, Edwin Ehmke. Elias Elias, Lynda Elkin, 
Shelley Ellis, Mark Elness, Madi Elsea, Marcus England, David Evans, Tom 
Ewert, Dane Fagundes, Karl Fairchild, Marsha Fanshier, Steve Fanshier, 
Jon Feenstra, Douglas Ferry, Shawneen Finnegan, Jon Fisher, Sean 
Fitzgerald, Samuel Flake, George Folsom, Thomas Ford-Hutchinson, Dean 
Fowler, Alison Fox, Paul Fox, Kyri Freeman, Mary Freeman, Nick Freeman, 
Bob Frescura, Gregg Friesen, Chris Gardner, Bruce Garlinger, John 
Garrett, Carol Gates, Jenny Gearheart, Matt Gearheart, Frank Gilliland, 
Susan Gilliland, Steve Glynn, Dave Gochfeld, Barbara Goldeen, Eric 
Goodhill, Dean Greenberg, Kevin Groeneweg, Matthew Grube, Eva Gruber, Al 
Guarente, Frank Hall, Mary E. Hansen, Linda Hardee, Michael Hardee, Jim 
Hardesty, Cheryl Hargraves, Rob Hargraves, Lauren Harter, Ray Hasey, 
Gerry Hawkins, Danny Hernandez, Diana Hilberman, Stephanie Hines, Thomas 
Hinnebusch, Diane Hislop, Wesley Hochachka, Alfred Hochstaedter, Nathan 
Hoeme, Greg Homel, Jeff Hoppes, Chris Howard, Rosie Howard, Andrew Howe, 
Laura Hunntington, Theresa Hyde, T S Imfeld, David Irons, C J, Pete 
Janzen, Adrian Johnson, Tom Johnson, Nina Jones, Logan Kahle, Melinda 
Kashuba, John Kelly, Suzanne Ken, Tom Kennedy, Karin Kersteter, Howard 
King, James Kissinger, Kyle Kittelberger, Debby Kroeger, Mei Kwan, 
Brenda Kyle, Ken Kyle, Shawn Langston, Denise LaBerteaux, Caroline 
Lambert, Sean Langston, Arthur Langton, Kathleen Lee, Mary Lee, Michael 
Lester, Kelli Levinson, Rose Liebowitz, John Lobel, John Lockhart, Erin 
Lockward, Scott Logan, Jim Lowery, Tim Ludwick, Megan Lundin, Bill 
Lydecker, Dee Lyon, James Maley, Emily Malkaukas, Tom Maloney, Curtis 
Marantz, Wayne Martin, Charles Massieon, Judy Matsukoa, Dan Maxwell, 
Tess McGuire, Linda McMillan, Jimmy McMorran, Robert McNab, Natilie 
McNear, Heather Medvitz, Sonny Mencher, Terri Middlemiss, Thomas Miko, 
Brandon Miller, Brooke Miller, Jeff Miller, Leo Miller, Nancy Miller, 
Scott Miller, Wendy Miller, David Moody, Jim Moore, Ginger Moorhouse, 
Steve Morris, Laura Moser, Michael Moshier, Dominik Mosur, Garrett Moss, 
Brennan Mulrooney, Jennifer Murphy, Nels Nelson, NNJFB California, 
Richard Norton, Brittany O'Connor, Kris Ohlenkamp, Frances Oliver, John 
Oliver, Matt Orsie, Doug Overacker, Nancy Overholtz, Ron Overholtz, 
Matthew Page, Michael Park, Amy Patten, Chuck Peck, Kaaren Perry, Donald 
Pendleton, Hil Penfold, Nancy Peralta, Steve Peralta, David Pereksta, 
Kaaren Perry, Kimberly Perkins, Steve Peterson, Scot Pipkin, Linda 
Pittman, Sophia Ploning, Tjie Poo, Phoebe Prather, David Quadhamer, 
Keith Quinlivan, Pamela Quittmeyer, David Rankin, Kay Regester, E.J. 
Remson, Eric Reuter, Phil Richardson, Theo Rickert, Don Roberson, Joseph 
Rockey, William Rockey, Victoria Rodriguez, Diane Rose, Steve Rose, 
Julie Rowe, Kate Rowe, Sean Rowe, Brad Rumble, Jennifer Rycenga, Matt 
Sadowski, Steven Sage, Edana Salisbury, Robert Sams, San Diego Virtual 
Ornithologists, Michael San Miguel, Michael Schall, Larry Schmahl, John 
Schmitt, Linda Schrom, Beatrix Schwartz, Christian Schwarz, Sequoia 
ForestKeeper, Becca Serdeheley, Alison Sheehey, Bill Shelmerdine, Maggie 
Sherriffs, Patricia Shoupe, Dessi Sieburth, Brad Singer, Chris Smith, 
Maggie Smith, Jacob Socolar, Southern Sierra Research Station, Southwest 
Bird Study Club, Christine Sparks, Richard Sparks, John Spence, BJ 
Stacey, Michaeleen Stacey, Mark Stacy, Lynn Stafford, Justyn Stahl, John 
Stanek, Holly Starks, Jane Stavert, Bob Steele, Susan Steele, John 
Sterling, Mike Stiles, Pamela Stones, Nancy Strang, Brian Sullivan, 
Steve Summers, Lee Sutton, Shirley Sutton, William Sutton, Jarrod 
Swackhameer, Al Tapia, Gerald Teig, Edwards Terrence, Linda Terrill, 
Scott Terrill, Bill Thiessen, Bob Thille, Chuck Thomas, Ed Thomas, Don 
Thorton, Marge Thorton, Lori Tiefenthaler, Jim Tietz, Daniel Tinoco, 
Kasey Todd, Bob Toleno, Reed Tollefson, Steve Tucker, Becky Turley, 
Steve Turley, Boyd Turner, Paul van Els, David Vander Pluym, Norm 
Vargas, Karen Velas, Kurt Wahl, Michael Wahl, Barbara Walls, Wendy 
Walwyn, Catherine Webb, Nat Weber, Randy Weber, Noreen Weeden, Linda 
Wentz, Karen Werner, Erin Whitfield, Mary Whitfield, Eric Wier, Ryan 
Winkleman, Darrell Wilson, Jan Wilson, Holly Wright, Peter Woodman, 
Edward Woodruff, Gary Woods, Andrea Wuenschel, Tom Wurster, Bryan Wyatt, 
Callyn Yorke, David Youker, plus one Anonymous Observer and one Unknown 
Observer,...

Serving as the messenger,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
24/7 Cellular Phone Number: 760-382-1260
Subject: HELP!!! Kern Valley CBCs This Weekend
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:30:00 -0800
Hi,

 From my viewpoint, the two Kern River Valley Christmas Bird Counts 
could stand a lot of additional experienced birders to insure more 
complete coverage this coming Saturday, January 3, 2015 and Sunday, 
January  4, 2015.

To indicate your interest in participating in the Saturday, January 3, 
2015, South Fork Kern River Valley Christmas Bird Count contact count 
compiler Denise LaBerteaux via email address .

To indicate your interest in participating in the Sunday, January 4, 
2015, Kern River Valley Christmas Bird Count contact count compiler Tim 
Ludwick via email address .

The South Fork count covers the South Fork Kern River Valley including 
the Kern River Preserve, Kelso Valley Rd, Onyx, and parts of Weldon..

The North Fork count covers the Greenhorn Mountains, Isabella Reservoir, 
plus the campgrounds, open space, and towns all around the reservoir.

A good to great start to the 2015 birding year awaits those who 
participate in one or both of these Christmas Bird Counts.

Serving as the Messenger,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell: 760-382-1260




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Subject: two Horned Grebes on Lake Ming 12/25/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:34:23 -0500
There are two Horned Grebes at the west end of Lake Ming today,  12/25/14. 
They were seen about 35 yards from the south shoreline. They were seen  side 
by side. Later today, we will place a photo of the two Horned
Grebes into the kerncobirding  photo section in the album labeled 02  Birds.
 
There are now two Cackling Geese on the large lake at Hart Park. One is the 
 Cackling Goose (Aleutian form).
 
                                                                     Ken 
and Brenda Kyle
                                                                     
Bakersfield
Subject: Cassin's Vireo in Kernville
From: "Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:02:01 -0800
Hi birders, 

The Kernville Cassin's Vireo continues it is currently in the deodar cedar at 
the fire station on Kernville Road. 


Yours in nature,

Ali

Alison Sheehey
PO Box 1832
Kernville, CA 93238

natureali AT gmail.com
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Subject: Pacific Loon and Common Loon on Lake Ming this morning 12/19/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:03:24 -0500
We just returned from Lake Ming where we observed the Pacific Loon feeding  
in the northwest corner of Lake Ming. The Common Loon is also feeding on 
Lake  Ming. The Common Loon is feeding in the middle of the lake.
 
                                                              Ken and 
Brenda Kyle
                                                             Bakersfield
Subject: Re: 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:18:04 -0500

 
In a message dated 12/18/2014 2:03:45 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
kerncobirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:



EVENT: Bakersfield  Christmas Bird Count

DAY/DATE: Wednesday, December 17,  2014

WEATHER: Very light showers off and on most of the day, sunshine  the last 
hour or two.

PARTICIPANTS: John Wilson (Compiler), Bob Barnes,  Gary File, Brenda Kyle, 
Ken Kyle, Darrin Heindel, Kelli Heindel-Levinson, Bill  Lydecker, Michael 
McQuerrey, Priscilla Summers, and Steve Summers, plus Kern  Audubon Society 
field trip covering the Beale Park neighborhood (Dana Adams,  Al Caetano, 
Cindy Caetano, Susan Castle, Margaret Dolan, Kevin Fahey, Harry  Love, Bill 
Moffat, and Deb See).

HIGHLIGHTS (out of  a preliminary  total of 133 species):
    *   CACKLING GOOSE 1 - Hart Park   
    *   COMMON GOLDENEYE 37 - Kern River, Lake Ming
    *   HOODED MERGANSER 37 - Hart Park, Kern River, Lake Ming
    *   PACIFIC LOON 1 - Lake Ming  
    *   COMMON LOON 1 - Lake Ming  
    *   DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 784 - Hart Park, Kern River, Kern River 
County  Park between Lake Ming and Hart Park, Lake Ming
    *   CATTLE EGRET 143 - Bakersfield WTP
    *   THAYER'S GULL 1  
    *   COMMON GROUND-DOVE 3 - Orange Grove RV Park vicinity  
    *   FOUR FALCON SPECIES - including AMERICAN KESTREL 22, MERLIN 2, 
PEREGRINE  FALCON 1, PRAIRIE FALCON 2  
    *   ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET 102 - including Hart Park & 75 in the Beale  
Park neighborhood  
    *   "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER 1 - Hart Park  
    *   RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 2 - Hart Park  
    *   BROWN CREEPER 1 - Hart Park  
    *   AMERICAN DIPPER 3 - mouth of Kern River Canyon  
    *   BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - 9  
    *   MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD 144  
    *   VARIED THRUSH 27  
    *   CEDAR WAXWING 452  
    *   BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER 2 - Hart Park  
    *   TOWNSEND'S WARBLER 2 - Hart Park  
    *   FOX SPARROW 16 - Kern River corridor  
    *   WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 1 - Hart Park  
    *   TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD 6 - Kern River
    *   PURPLE FINCH 2- Hart Park 

HIGHEST COUNTS:
    *   4591 EUROPEAN STARLING
    *   3782 CALIFORNIA GULL
    *   3609 NORTHERN SHOVELER 
    *   3398 AMERICAN COOT  
    *   3101 GULL SPECIES  
    *   1531 BREWER'S BLCKBIRD  
    *   0962 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH  
    *   0837 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
    *   0830 HOUSE FINCH
    *   0814 AMERICAN ROBIN
    *   0784 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    *   0757 RUDDY DUCK  
    *   0757 EARED GREBE  
    *   0600 ROCK PIGEON 

ONLY ONE:
    *   SNOW GOOSE  
    *   CACKLING GOOSE  
    *   PACIFIC LOON  
    *   COMMON LOON  
    *   GOLDEN EAGLE  
    *   SHARP-SHINNED HAWK  
    *   GOLDEN EAGLE  
    *   GREATER YELLOWLEGS  
    *   THAYER'S GULL  
    *   PEREGRINE FALCON  
    *   "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER  
    *   BROWN CREEPER  
    *   BEWICK'S WREN  
    *   YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER  
    *   WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  
    *   BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

Serving as the Messenger,

Bob  Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California



Subject: 12/17/14 Bakersfield CBC Highlights
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:02:27 -0800
EVENT: Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count

DAY/DATE: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WEATHER: Very light showers off and on most of the day, sunshine the 
last hour or two.

PARTICIPANTS: John Wilson (Compiler), Bob Barnes, Gary File, Brenda 
Kyle, Ken Kyle, Darrin Heindel, Kelli Heindel-Levinson, Bill Lydecker, 
Michael McQuerrey, Priscilla Summers, and Steve Summers, plus Kern 
Audubon Society field trip covering the Beale Park neighborhood (Dana 
Adams, Al Caetano, Cindy Caetano, Susan Castle, Margaret Dolan, Kevin 
Fahey, Harry Love, Bill Moffat, and Deb See).

HIGHLIGHTS (out of  a preliminary total of 133 species):

    * CACKLING GOOSE 1 - Hart Park
    * COMMON GOLDENEYE 37 - Kern River, Lake Ming
    * HOODED MERGANSER 37 - Hart Park, Kern River, Lake Ming
    * PACIFIC LOON 1 - Lake Ming
    * COMMON LOON 1 - Lake Ming
    * DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 784 - Hart Park, Kern River, Kern River
      County Park between Lake Ming and Hart Park, Lake Ming
    * CATTLE EGRET 143 - Bakersfield WTP
    * THAYER'S GULL 1
    * COMMON GROUND-DOVE 3 - Orange Grove RV Park vicinity
    * FOUR FALCON SPECIES - including AMERICAN KESTREL 22, MERLIN 2,
      PEREGRINE FALCON 1, PRAIRIE FALCON 2
    * ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET 102 - including Hart Park & 75 in the Beale
      Park neighborhood
    * "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER 1 - Hart Park
    *   RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 2 - Hart Park
    * BROWN CREEPER 1 - Hart Park
    * AMERICAN DIPPER 3 - mouth of Kern River Canyon
    * BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - 9
    * MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD 144
    * VARIED THRUSH 27
    * CEDAR WAXWING 452
    * BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER 2 - Hart Park
    * TOWNSEND'S WARBLER 2 - Hart Park
    * FOX SPARROW 16 - Kern River corridor
    * WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 1 - Hart Park
    * TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD 6 - Kern River
    * PURPLE FINCH 2- Hart Park


HIGHEST COUNTS:

    * 4591 EUROPEAN STARLING
    * 3782 CALIFORNIA GULL
    * 3609 NORTHERN SHOVELER
    * 3398 AMERICAN COOT
    * 3101 GULL SPECIES
    * 1531 BREWER'S BLCKBIRD
    * 0962 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
    * 0837 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
    * 0830 HOUSE FINCH
    * 0814 AMERICAN ROBIN
    * 0784 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    * 0757 RUDDY DUCK
    * 0757 EARED GREBE
    * 0600 ROCK PIGEON


ONLY ONE:

    * SNOW GOOSE
    * CACKLING GOOSE
    * PACIFIC LOON
    * COMMON LOON
    * GOLDEN EAGLE
    * SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
    * GOLDEN EAGLE
    * GREATER YELLOWLEGS
    * THAYER'S GULL
    * PEREGRINE FALCON
    * "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER
    * BROWN CREEPER
    * BEWICK'S WREN
    * YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER
    * WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
    * BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

Serving as the Messenger,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Subject: Pacific Loon and Common together at Lake Ming 12/16/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:04:23 -0500
We just returned from Lake Ming where we observed a Pacific Loon side by  
side with a Common Loon at the west end of Lake Ming. Later today, we will 
place  photos into the kerncobirding photo section in the album labeled 02 
Birds.
 
A Common Loon was seen this morning on the Kern River about 500 yards  west 
of the main entrance to Hart Park.
 
                                                               Ken and 
Brenda Kyle
                                                              Bakersfield
 
 
Subject: Re: Cassin's Vireo in Kernville
From: "Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:34:52 -0800
I have posted photos on my Flickr site. NatureAli

Yours in nature,

Ali

Alison Sheehey
PO Box 1832
Kernville, CA 93238

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> On Dec 15, 2014, at 11:52 AM, Ali Sheehey  wrote:
> 
> I found a Cassin's Vireo in my yard. I haven't studied blue-heade juv to rule 
out. 

> 101.5 Kern River Drive. 
> Photos taken. 
> Call if interested, it is flying from tree to tree but responds to Cassin's 
tape. 

> 760-417-0268
> 
> Yours in nature,
> 
> Ali
> 
> Alison Sheehey
> PO Box 1832
> Kernville, CA 93238
> 
> natureali AT gmail.com
> www.facebook.com/NaturesAli
> www.natureali.org
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Subject: Cassin's Vireo in Kernville
From: "Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:52:13 -0800
I found a Cassin's Vireo in my yard. I haven't studied blue-heade juv to rule 
out. 

101.5 Kern River Drive. 
Photos taken. 
Call if interested, it is flying from tree to tree but responds to Cassin's 
tape. 

760-417-0268

Yours in nature,

Ali

Alison Sheehey
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Subject: 12/14/14 China Lake CBC
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:06:04 -0800
Hi,

The following highlights are from my memory of last night's China Lake 
Christmas Bird Count (Mojave Desert's Indian Wells Valley including 
Ridgecrest plus portions of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station and 
Inyokern) compilation headed up by count compiler Peter Woodman.

99 SPECIES

WHITE-FACE IBIS 2 (First for this count which has been conducted for 
well over fifty years!)

BALD EAGLE 1 (continuing immature individual)

YELLEW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER 1 (transitioning immature individual at 
accessible Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife Park)

RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER and RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER also reported fro 
elsewhere in the count circle

AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, & PRAIRIE FALCON

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 4 (at accessible Cerro Coso Community College)

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 1

VARIED THRUSH 6 (at accessible Cerro Coso Community College)

LECONTE'S THRASHER 2?

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1

BLACK-THROATED SPARROW many vs. the usual 0 to 2-4

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Subject: Common Loon at Lake Ming 12/14/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:35:13 -0500
Today, 12/14/14, we saw the continuing Common Loon at Lake Ming.  
Unfortunately, we did not see the Pacific Loon today at Lake Ming. 
 
                                                     Ken and Brenda Kyle
                                                     Bakersfield
Subject: Re: Kern River & Lake Ming Loons
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:22:19 -0800
All,

Today, I am hopeful at least someone will check for the Lake Ming 
Pacific Loon and Common Loon plus the Kern River Common Loon so they may 
be included in the official Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Count 
Week species tally.

I will check Tuesday on my way to Wednesday's Bakersfield CBC Count Day, 
but one or more of the loons may have left the area by then.

Of course, the bottom line hope is that all three loons will remain 
Wednesday so they can be included in that day's CBC count.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

On 12/13/2014 6:47 PM, kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding] wrote:
>
> Yesterday, 12/12/14, we read that Elias Elias had seen a Pacific Loon 
> on Lake Ming. This morning we went to Lake Ming in hopes of seeing a 
> life bird.
> We were able to observe the Pacific Loon and photograph the loon on 
> Lake Ming. Later this evening we will place photos taken today of the 
> Pacific Loon into the kerncobirding photo section in the album labeled 
> 02 Birds.
> This morning there was also one Common Loon on Lake Ming.
> There has been a continuing Common Loon on the Kern River about 500 
> yards west of the main entrance to
> Hart Park. After seeing a Common Loon on Lake Ming, we drove to the 
> location about 500 yards west of the
> main entrance to Hart Park, and there we saw the continuing Common 
> Loon on the Kern River.
>                                                               Ken and 
> Brenda Kyle
>                                                               Bakersfield
>
> 
Subject: continuing Pacific Loon at Lake Ming 12/13/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:47:01 -0500
Yesterday, 12/12/14, we read that Elias Elias had seen a Pacific Loon  on 
Lake Ming. This morning we went to Lake Ming in hopes of seeing a life  bird.
 
We were able to observe the Pacific Loon and photograph the loon on  Lake 
Ming. Later this evening we will place photos taken today of the  Pacific 
Loon into the kerncobirding photo section in the album labeled 02  Birds.
 
This morning there was also one Common Loon on Lake Ming.
 
There has been a continuing Common Loon on the Kern River about 500 yards  
west of the main entrance to
Hart Park. After seeing a Common Loon on Lake Ming, we drove to the  
location about 500 yards west of the 
main entrance to Hart Park, and there we saw the continuing Common  Loon on 
the Kern River.
 
                                                               Ken and 
Brenda Kyle
                                                               Bakersfield
 
                                                             
Subject: Pacific loon on Ming lake. Friday 12/12
From: "Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:44:36 -0800
For details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20870513

Flock on!

Elias/Ηλίας
Arcata CA/San Diego CA
Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254

To release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to 
charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences 
of madmen 


JG Ballard
Subject: Cackling Goose at Hart Park 12/6/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:06:47 -0500
This morning, 12/6/14, we saw a Cackling Goose at Hart Park. It was  seen 
with a flock of  thirty-one Canada Geese directly north of the  large lake.
 
 
                                                                 Ken and 
Brenda Kyle
                                                                Bakersfield
Subject: Common Loon on the Kern River near Hart Park 11/27/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:32:42 -0500
Today, Thursday, 11/27/14, we saw Common Loon on the Kern River near  Hart 
Park east of Bakersfield. The
Common Loon was seen about 500 yards west of the main entrance to Hart  
Park. We were driving west on Alfred Harrell Hwy. when we saw the Common Loon 
on  the river.
 
                                                                       Ken 
and Brenda Kyle
                                                                       
Bakersfield
 
                                                            
 
 
Subject: Re: eight Varied Thrush at Hart Park 11/21/14
From: "Maci Madielsea AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:24:43 -0800
There were 5 varied thrush to his afternoon at Hart Park between Mirror dr and 
Hart Lake. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 21, 2014, at 2:02 PM, kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Today, Friday, 11/21/14, we saw a total of eight Varied Thrush at Hart Park.
>  
> At Lake Ming, we saw one juvenile Snow Goose this morning. It was seen at the 
west end of Lake Ming. 

> Yesterday, 11/20/14, we saw one juvenile Snow Goose at the west end of Lake 
Ming and one Ross's Goose on Lake Ming with six Canada Geese. 

>  
> Ken and Brenda Kyle 

>                                                                 Bakersfield
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Cerro Coso Varied Thrushes
From: "tjludwick AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 12:33:44 -0800
Kern Birders, The Kerncrest Audubon group counted 5 Varied Thrushes at Cerro 
Coso Community College during our field trip yesterday. 

 

 Tim Ludwick
 Ridgecrest, CA
Subject: Yet another Evening Grosbeak!
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:51:27 -0800
Hi,

I have been very fortunate regarding Kern County Evening Grosbeak 
detections this fall.

The latest was a a loudly calling (piercing, clear, single note call 
given incessantly) individual wandering/zig-zagging fairly high over our 
home and neighborhood here in residential Ridgecrest c. 7:55am this 
morning. As a bonus, this was a new yard bird as well.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

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Subject: eight Varied Thrush at Hart Park 11/21/14
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:02:16 -0500
Today, Friday, 11/21/14, we saw a total of eight Varied Thrush at Hart  
Park.
 
At Lake Ming, we saw one juvenile Snow Goose this morning. It was seen at  
the west end of Lake Ming.
Yesterday, 11/20/14, we saw one juvenile Snow Goose at the west end of Lake 
 Ming and one Ross's Goose on Lake Ming with six Canada Geese.
 
                                                                 Ken and 
Brenda Kyle
                                                                 Bakersfield
Subject: Snow Goose and Ross's Goose at Lake Ming east of Bakersfield 11/20/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:00:12 -0500
Today, Wednesday, 11/20/14, we saw one juvenile Snow Goose at the west end of 
Lake Ming. At the east end of Lake Ming, we observed one Ross's Goose on the 
lake with six Canada Geese. As we were watching the Ross's Goose , a flock of 
Common Mergansers landed on Lake Ming. 


 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

 Bakersfield 


Subject: Re: Red Fox Sparrow in Kernville
From: "natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 11:44:15 -0800
Hybrids. The bane of my existence. Of course can there really be hybrids among 
subspecies? Anyway this "red" fox sparrow has red in it but it may be a mix of 
red and sooty or slate-colored. 

So it is going back to a non-named subspecies. 
Fun birding! 😊

Ali Sheehey
Kernville 

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Subject: Re: Fun California Warbler Diversity Tidbits
From: "natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 11:32:37 -0800
Birders, 

I have updated the Kern County bird list on my website reflecting the newest 
species seen in the county by our Inland Empire visitors. 

Also, the Christmas Bird Count schedule is almost complete with just a few 
dozen dates still outstanding. 

Good birding,
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Subject: Red Fox Sparrow in Kernville
From: "Ali Sheehey natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:55:06 -0800
Birders,

Today during my lunch break I noticed a Fox Sparrow in my yard. After reviewing 
the photos, Cliff Hawley told me he did not think it was a Sooty as I initially 
called it. 

The cheek patch was rusty. The malar border was white and the back was very 
streaky. The tail was solid rust. 

If anyone is interested I will post of I see it again tomorrow. 

Yours in nature,

Ali

Alison Sheehey
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Kernville, CA 93238

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "garycarlafile AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 12:07:20 -0800
New yard bird, 2 Pine Siskins at my feeders this morning.
 North/West Bakersfield
 

 Gary File
 Bakersfield
Subject: Fun California Warbler Diversity Tidbits
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:43:44 -0800
Hi,

Some fun tidbits from the birding world...

Andrew Howe, Sandy Koonce and I have made preliminary assessments of 
warbler diversity occurrence for a sampling of California counties known 
to have 40 species or more recorded...

    * San Francisco County (includes Farallon Islands) has recorded all
      46 species (including Farallon Islands Golden-cheeked Warbler)
    * Kern County - 45 - with Saturday's Pine Warbler (Tom Benson &
      photos, Matt Grube & photos, David Rankin, Brad Singer) Kern
      County has recorded 45 warbler species of the 46 that have been
      observed in CA (missing only Golden-cheeked)
    * San Diego County - 45 overall? 43 eBirded
    * Monterey  County - 44 (eBird entries check only)
    * Inyo County  - 44 overall? 41 eBirded
    * Orange County  - 44 overall? 41 eBirded
    * San Bernardino County - 43
    * San Luis Obispo County - 43 (eBird entries check only)
    * Los Angeles County - 42 (eBird entires check only)
    * Santa Barbara County- 42 (eBird entries check only)
    * Humboldt County- 40 (eBird entries check only)
    * Marin County - 40 (eBird entries check only)
    * Other?

For the fun of sharing, the warblers recorded elsewhere in the United 
States and not yet recorded for California are: Crescent-chested, 
Tropical Parula, Kirtland's, Pine, Swainson's, Fan-tailed, Gray-crowned 
Yellowthroat, Slate-throated Redstart, Golden-crowned, Rufous-capped, 
and the now ex-patriot non-warbler Olive. Which, if any, do you 
think/predict could be the next addition to the CA state list? Perhaps 
Kirtland's as that species is a long-distance migrant?

Bob Barnes, Rdigecrest, Kern County, California
Subject: RE: No pine warbler today
From: "'Koonce, Sandy' sandy_koonce AT redlands.edu [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:06:01 +0000
As Andrew Howe pointed out yesterday, Kern County now has recorded 45 species 
of warblers of the 46 that have been observed in CA (missing only 
Golden-cheeked). Because of the Farallon Islands, San Francisco has recorded 
all 46 species (but that's cheating). I believe that San Diego also has 45 
species recorded, and as far as I can tell after a quick look through Rare 
Birds of CA, no other county does. Orange and Inyo are both at 44 (or less; I 
only looked up the 12 most rare species, not including Golden-cheeked), unless 
I overlooked something. San Bernardino is at 43. 



Sandy


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University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373


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University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373
Subject: No pine warbler today
From: "cropwatch AT earthlink.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Nov 2014 19:18:21 -0800
About a dozen birders searched for the Pine Warbler in Ridgecrest this morning 
and it was not found. Two Long-eared Owls were flushed and a couple of 
Golden-crowned Kinglets and at least 5 slate-colored juncos were probably the 
best birds seen. The college was pretty quiet. I heard some chupping that could 
have been a Varied Thrush in front of the gym and a hybrid Audubon/Myrtle 
butterbutt on the sculpture garden lawn. Gary Woods-Fresno 
Subject: Cerro Coso College option while waiting
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:56:32 -0800
Hi,

My apologies for the additional post, Clearly, I do NOT think of 
everything at one time...

For those of you who do NOT want to stand around the Desert Memorial 
Park cemetery until it opens at 8am or after, a good nearby alternative 
from first light until 8am is the campus of Cerro Coso Community College 
above the south end of Ridgecrest. Another alternative is the Ridgecrest 
Watchable Wildlife Park which is next to the animal "shelter" about a 
quarter mile north of the cemetery on the same side of the road. The 
college is 5-8 minutes from the cemetery. The watchable wildlife park is 
one minute away. If you are fortunate, a birder willing to look into the 
cemetery while waiting for it to open might be willing to call those who 
wish to bird at one of the two above-mentioned birding locations the 
first two hours of daylight.

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Subject: Ridgecrest Pine Warbler Access
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:31:57 -0800
Hi,

The gates for Desert Memorial Park (cemetery) in Kern County at the San 
Bernardino County line south of CA Hwy 178 and north of Bowman Rd opens 
at 8am. There used to be a pedestrian gate open for earlier entry. But, 
that one is now locked. Or, at least if was the last time I checked. 
Until 8am check for the Pine Warbler from the sidewalk next to the 
street. Owners and staff do NOT welcome people in the cemetery until the 
gates are open. Sometmes, and frustratingly, the gate keeper shows up 
much later than 8am.

Since my cell phone was off in the dead zone over Walker Pass and I 
forgot to turn it on and check email until just a few minutes ago, I may 
see others out at the cemetery tomorrow morning with the hopefulness 
that the Pine Warbler is still present.

For those who do not know, Pine Warbler is a new species for the Kern 
County all time list. It was found and IDed this afternoon by Tom 
Benson, Matt Grube, David Rankin, and Brad Singer, visiting birders who 
are welcome to "poach" in Kern County at anytime, as are the rest of you!

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Subject: Gray Catbird continues at Galileo and White-throated Sparrow seen with Gray Catbird 11/7/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 19:15:58 -0500
Today, Friday, 11/7/14, we saw the continuing Gray Catbird near the Pavilion at 
Galileo/Silver Saddle Ranch on the eastern Kern desert. We observed a 
White-throated Sparrow "tan stripe" standing on the ground next to the 
continuing Gray Catbird. The White-throated Sparrow was also observed perched 
on a Rosemary bush in this same area. Both of these birds were heard calling. 


Today, there was a lot of ground work going on near the Pavilion, but both of 
these birds stayed in the area. 


Two Varied Thrush were seen near the tennis courts. 

 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

 Bakersfield 


                                                                             

Subject: Birding Galileo 11/6/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:27:32 -0500
Today, Thursday, 11/6/14, we saw one Hooded Merganser in the small pond across 
from the main hotel at Galileo. Also, we saw a Merlin at the top of a tree near 
the large lake. One Varied Thrush was seen at Galileo. A continuing female 
Northern Flicker "yellow-shafted" was seen next to the main parking lot. A few 
of the other birds at Galileo were the following: Spotted Towhee, 
Golden-crowned Kinglet, and a Canada Goose. 


 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

 Bakersfield 






Subject: Cerro Coso
From: "Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:36:46 -0800
I took a quick look at Cerro Coso today. Highlights included two varied thrush 
and a purple finch at the sculpture garden. At the elm in front of the gym 
there is a sapsucker. From the quick look I had at the front of the bird I was 
thinking red naped. From the extremely brief view I had of the nape I was 
thinking I was seeing lots of red. So it is probably a hybrid. If anyone gets a 
look at it please share your thoughts. Susan 


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Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker at Hart Park east of Bakersfield 11/01/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 15:22:50 -0400
Today, Saturday, 11/01/14, we saw a Lewis's Woodpecker at Hart Park which is 
east of Bakersfield. The Lewis's Woodpecker was seen at the east end of Hill 
Rd. It flew to several types of trees at the east end of Hill Rd. Next, it flew 
to the top of a telephone pole. This telephone pole is just around the corner 
from the east end of Hill Rd. The telephone pole was on Alfred Harrell Hwy. The 
Lewis's 

Woodpecker appeared to prefer this corner where the east end of Hill Rd. 
connects with Alfred Harrell Hwy. 


 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

 Bakersfield 
Subject: a few Cerro Coso birds
From: "'Susan Steele' steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:25:58 -0700
Greetings happy birders, I headed to Cerro Coso today hoping for a few good
birds.  Ok, that is a lie, I was really hoping for a rufous-backed robin,
but not only did I not see that, I also did not see an American Robin.  

 

I did find a few low end items including Acorn Woodpecker, White-throated
Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Phainopepla, and two Townsend's Warblers.
The Townsend's Warblers establish a new late date for the species in the IWV
by two days.  O boy.

 

Susan
Subject: Evening Grosbeak Again-Visual & 2nd Observer This Time
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:37:53 -0700
Hi,

I went to the Kern River Preserve this morning to create extentions to 
the new birders' trail paralleling the west side of Fay Ranch Rd 
starting at 6:40am. My trail work was right across Fay Ranch Rd from the 
location where I had a heard only Evening Grosbeak 10/22/14. At 7:54am I 
heard the clear whistle call of an Evening Grosbeak again from the same 
tree. I looked and couldn't find it. Fortunately, Kern River Preserve 
Land Steward and birder Sean Rowe drove up a couple of minutes later, 
saw me, and stopped giving me the chance to say "Evening Grosbeak.". 
Sean got out of his work truck to help me look for the Evening Grosbeak 
which he found and saw rather quickly. Sean then got me on the bird so I 
had a visual in addition to my heard only ID on 10/22/14 and  heard only 
this morning a few minutes before Sean happened to be passing by. This 
Evening Grosbeak retreated back into the woods and gave one last, 
audible clear note call at 8:02am.

This bird was an adult male Evening Grosbeak with huge large blue-gray 
appearing bill, white patches on each wing, and a yellow stripe over the 
eyes and forehead. Unlike the 10/22/14 heard only detection, this time 
in addition to the repeated, loud, clear single note call given many 
times during the 8 minute observation period, a handful or less of times 
the somewhat nasal, two syllable call was given.

Despite my continuing trail work right across the road from this 
morning's Evening Grosbeak 8 minute observation period for over another 
hour, this bird did not call again within auditory range of my hearing. 
One interpretation which came to me was, this bird is not present at 
this location all day or every hour. However, it may be present for at 
least a short period each day. One eight minute long detection during a 
2.5 hour or so visit right across from the exact location of this bird 
likely should not be describe as frequent!

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Subject: Mary Freeman's 12/28/14 Galileo/Silver Saddle Report
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:27:01 -0700
Hi,

Mary Freeman emailed asking me to post to Kerncobirding the following 
Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club report for a birding visit made 
there yesterday 9:15am-12:30pm, 11/28/14, by Mary Freeman, Tommye Hite, 
and Ron Melin.

1 WILSON'S SNIPE, 1 hybrid YELLOW-SHAFTED X RED SHAFTED FLICKER, 1 
RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER adult, about 10 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS (with more 
next to the clubhouse), 1 BROWN CREEPER near the old soccer field, about 
8 VARIED THRUSHES, 1 PALM WARBLER by the old soccer field, 1 adult 
white-striped WHITE-THROATED SPARROW near the tepees, and PINE SISKINS 
heard throughout the morning. Birding followed by lunch in California City.

Please REMEMBER Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle is a restricted access 
private property. Individual, small group, and formal group birding is 
CURRENTLY welcome Monday through Friday and always subject to change and 
special circumstances (e.g.: a corporate retreat being held when you 
want to visit.) . "Individual birders here and there during the weekend" 
are welcome. However, groups of birders are not. Sign in at the hotel 
office when the door is unlocked and staff is present Staff is often 
out-of-sight just inside the inner office beyond the main desk area - 
just say "Hello" to see if staff is present. If not, try again later 
during your visit. Stay away from the hotel and bungalow area until 
after you check with staff to see if any restrictions are in place the 
day of your visit. Based on prior arrangements made ahead of time, the 
hotel and on site RV use are now open to groups of birders for Monday 
night through Thursday night stays. Check with staff for availability, 
conditions, and offerings BEFORE you leave for your visit. Let's all do 
our part to keep Galileo Hill/Siver Saddle open to birders and welcome. 
Thank you.

Serving as the Messenger,

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Subject: Varied Thrush at Hart Park 10/27/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:28:03 -0400
Today, Monday, 10/27/14, there is a Varied Thrush on the ground across from the 
Sheriff's Shooting Range at Hart Park east of Bakersfield. It appears to prefer 
the shaded area next to a larger tree trunk. 


 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

 Bakersfield 


Subject: 10/22/14 Kern River Preserve Evening Grosbeak
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:34:54 -0700
Hi,

An Evening Grosbeak was giving the distinctive, clear, one syllable call 
several times from alongside the Kern River Preserve's Fay Ranch Rd 
section this morning, 10/22/14, between 8:55am and 9am. This Evening 
Grosbeak did not stick. After a minute or two calling from the tall 
cottonwoods bordering the east side of Fay Racnch Rd, it took off flying 
in a west southwesterly direction, thus rendering it likely not one to 
be successfully chased and found. This Evening Grosbeak represented a 
new species for the overall Kern River Preserve all time eBirded list 
which now stands at 253 species.

The intent of this posting is NOT to tease readers with a bird which all 
but surely can not be refound. Rather, it is to let readers know that at 
least one Evening Grosbeak has made it into Kern County this fall/winter 
period. More might be in Kern County now or might show up at some point 
or some points through winter and even into spring. The call is quite 
distinctive and loud. Those readers who are not familiar with this clear 
note call of the Evening Grosbeak might wish to listen to calls using an 
app with bird vocalizations or on-line by using the "Evening Grosbeak 
calls" search words. In my experience, this species is most easily 
detected by hearing it first (usually this loud, one syllable, clear 
note call), then tracking it down. Evening Grosbeaks could show up most 
anywhere in Kern County - at desert oases, in the mountains, or even 
along the Kern River in Bakersfield such as at Hart Park. But, some 
birders might miss them even if present due to not recognizing this 
species' distinctive calls.

The down side of this morning's detection is that it was a heard only 
bird. For me, it always adds additional enjoyment when I am also able to 
see Evening Grosbeaks as a follow-up to hearing them first. In my 
experience, virtually all of my sightings have followed hearing and 
recognizing calls first.

Continued happy, productive, and rewarding birding. And, may Evening 
Grosbeaks be in your life wherever you go birding this fall, winter, and 
spring.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

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Subject: Blackburnian Warbler continues at Galileo 10/21/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:19:49 -0400
Today, Tuesday, 10/21/14, we observed the continuing Blackburnian Warbler on 
the ground in front of the large Juniper bush near the Pavilion. We also 
observed it feeding on the grass in front of the grapevine near the Pavilion. 
It was flicking its wings frequently. It next flew to a tree in front of the 
Rosemary bushes near the Pavilion. We then left the area. We did not want to 
move it away from the Pavilion area. There were about six Yellow-rumped 
Warblers "Audubon's Warblers" around the Pavilion. We suspect the continuing 
Blackburnian Warbler may have been staying near these Yellow-rumped Warblers. 


Friday, we will place a couple of photos of the continuing Blackburnian Warbler 
into the kerncobirding photo section in the album labeled 02Birds. 


Today, a Lewis's Woodpecker was in a tree on the side of the entrance road to 
Galileo. We did not see a large number of birds at Galileo. 


 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

 Bakersfield 

Subject: FW: Galileo Hills
From: "'Susan Steele' steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:03:45 -0700
All, serving as the messenger for Russell.  Susan

 

From: Russell Kokx [mailto:kokxbio AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:10 PM
To: Susan Steele
Subject: Galileo Hills

 

Today at around 10:00 Am I observed a Chestnut-collared Longspur feeding in the 
grass at the far east end of the park just before the little cattail pond 
across the road. It was not very shy it made a short flight when I was within 5 
feet of it so I could see its white outer tail feathers. 


I drove around another lap to find Ken and Brenda Kyle since I spoke with them 
earlier that morning but couldn't locate them. 


 
Subject: Galileo Blackburnian Warbler
From: "Steve Summers summers AT ocsnet.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:02:30 -0700
After over two hours of searching I found yesterdays BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER 
feeding on the golf course lawn with a small flock of Audubon's Warblers. 


Steve Summers
Porterville


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Subject: Blackburnian Warbler at Galileo
From: "'Jim Moore' moorebirder AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:51:04 -0700
In case this had not already been reported, a female or HY male was found 
yesterday by Kelly Levinson and seen by several birders in the east end of the 
campground on the south side of the facility. It is very bright yellow below, 
with strong wing-bars and a light face pattern. The back braces show when seen 
from the rear. 


Jim Moore
Agua Dulce
Subject: 10/18/14 Bakersfiled Area Birding
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:19:58 -0700
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Kern Audubon Society Field Trip

6:30am-10:45am, Hart Park - Highlights: 48 species including 43 Canada Geese, 
86 Wood Ducks, 1 Red-breasted Sapsucker, 8 Rose-ringed Parakeets including one 
well seen male showing its thin rose upper neck "ring," 30 Ceder Waxwings, and 
1 male Phainopepla. 


11:30am-12:30pm, Beale Park - Highlights: 22 species including 1 SPOTTED DOVE, 
7 Rose-ringed Parakeets, and 1 Western Tanager, plus 1 mystery finch species 
(see write-up in list below). 


12:50pm-1:18pm, Orange Grove RV Park - Highlights: 1 female COMMON GROUND-DOVE 
(a first for Kern County and California for David Chilton - see write-up in 
list below) 


1:19pm-1:24pm, Muller Rd--Arvin-Edison WSD Balancing Reservoir - Highlights: 
None - no water in reservoir - steep-sloped, cement lined bordering canal had 
water - 2 species only 


Total Species: 52

The following reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 
(http://ebird.org/california/) 



KER--Bakersfield--Kern River County Park (Hart Park), Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 6:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling-2.0 mile(s)

Observers: Dana Adams (first hour), Bob Barnes, Jim Burrow, Al Caetano, Cindy 
Caetano, Barbara Castle, Susan Castle, David Chilton, Lynn James, Bill Moffat, 
plus one whose name I did not get written down in my notebook. 


Coverage: Walk around west end of park west of Mirror Drive 6:30am to 7:30am 
followed by a 7:30am-10:45am counterclockwise walk around the main lake from 
the parked cars alongside Mirror Drive. With zig-zagging during the walk 
included, the estimated total distance covered was 2 miles. 


Temperature: 56 degrees Fahrenheit at start then warming into the high 60s/low 
70s by the end. 


48 species (+7 other taxa)

    * Canada Goose 43
    * Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) 2
    * Wood Duck 86
    * Mallard 14
    * Mallard (Domestic type) 30
    * duck sp. 38
    * Pied-billed Grebe 1
    * Double-crested Cormorant 16
    * Great Blue Heron 2
    * Great Egret 2
    * Snowy Egret 5
    * Black-crowned Night-Heron 5 included one in adult plumage and four
      in immature plumage perched in trees and/or shrubs on the island
      in the main lake.
    * Turkey Vulture 1
    * Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    * Red-tailed Hawk 1
    * American Coot 150
    * Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
    * Mourning Dove 1
    * Great Horned Owl 1 was heard hooting near the east end of the park
      by Bob Barnes at 6:25am just before the early birders arrived.
    * Anna's Hummingbird 1 was a male.
    * Belted Kingfisher 1 was a male.
    * Acorn Woodpecker 11
    * Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
    * sapsucker sp. 1
    * Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
    * Northern Flicker 4
    * Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 9
    * Rose-ringed Parakeet 8
    * Black Phoebe 6
    * Western Scrub-Jay 7
    * American Crow 1
    * Common Raven 1
    * swallow sp. 30 were either Tree Swallows or Violet-green Swallows
      with the ID leaning toward Violet-green. They were flying directly
      overhead making a determination based on a view of the sides of
      these birds or from the top not possible. Bill Moffat's photo may
      lead to species determination on a computer screen used for
      comparison with field guide and photo depictions of Tree Swallows
      vs Violet-green Swallows. Note: Both species are possible at Hart
      Park fall, winter, and spring. There are no records of
      Violet-green Swallow June 20th-September 18th for any year.
    * White-breasted Nuthatch 3
    * House Wren 1
    * Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    * Western Bluebird 2
    * Hermit Thrush 1
    * American Robin 9
    * Northern Mockingbird 10
    * European Starling 206
    * Cedar Waxwing 30
    * Phainopepla 1 was a male.
    * Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    * Common Yellowthroat 1 was a male.
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 18
    * Spotted Towhee 2
    * Song Sparrow 3
    * White-crowned Sparrow 10
    * Dark-eyed Junco 1
    * Red-winged Blackbird 6
    * Brewer's Blackbird 10
    * blackbird sp. 25
    * House Finch 10
    * House Sparrow 10

View the above checklist online 
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20271881 




KER--Bakersfield--Beale Park, Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling-1.0 mile(s)

Observers: Bob Barnes, David Chilton.

Coverage: From the northeast corner of Beale Park west along Dracena along the 
north edge of the park to north on Oleander one block to west on Chester Lane 
for one block to south on Holtby for one block to east on Dracena for one block 
to south on Oleander for one block along the west edge of Beale Park to a walk 
in the park along its south and east margins back to the starting point at the 
northeast corner. 


Temperature: 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

22 species (+2 other taxa)

    * Spotted Dove 1 was along the east side of Holtby about halfway
      between Chester Lane on the north and Dracena on the south.
    * Mourning Dove 1
    * Anna's Hummingbird 2
    * Acorn Woodpecker 3
    * Northern Flicker 2
    * Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 3
    * American Kestrel 1
    * Rose-ringed Parakeet 7
    * Black Phoebe 2
    * Western Scrub-Jay 9
    * American Crow 1
    * Common Raven 1
    * White-breasted Nuthatch 2
    * Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    * American Robin 10
    * Northern Mockingbird 9
    * European Starling 2
    * Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
    * White-crowned Sparrow 1
    * Western Tanager 1 was in a fruit bearing small to medium sized
      tree with American Robins and Yellow-rumped Warblers one block
      north from Beale Park at the southwest corner of the junction of
      Oleander and Chester Lane.
    * House Finch 2
    * Haemorhous sp. 1 which we watched for several minutes feeding in a
      tree in Beale Park while trying to sort out its identity to
      species proved to be an unsolved puzzle for us. The entire top
      half of this bird suggested a Purple Finch to us - soft reddish
      pink wash covering the entire head, throat, and breast. However,
      the flanks along the sides of the upper belly had brown streak
      markings like a House Finch. The lower belly where streaks are
      typically found on House Finches were missing suggesting Purple
      Finch. Neither of us know if hybrid House Finch X Purple Finch
      occur leaving us only comfortable with Haemorhous sp. as the
      listing for this bird.
    * House Sparrow 1

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athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20271337 




KER--Orange Grove RV Park, Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 12:50 PM - 1:18 PM

Protocol: Traveling-0.45 mile(s)

Observers: Bob Barnes, David Chilton.

Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

9 species

    * Great Egret 1 was along the edge of the ponding basin south
      directly across Redbank Rd from Orange Grove RV Park.
    * Red-tailed Hawk 1
    * Common Ground-Dove 1 was an adult female at a known location for
      finding this species several times throughout the year. Small,
      chunky dove first seen flying low away from us when flushed from
      under one orange tree to under an orange tree in the orange grove.
      Since it was low to the ground in flight, we were looking at it
      from above resulting in our not being able to see the cinnamon
      underwing linings. Short, dark tail during this flight. We then
      drove three rows of trees to where we were opposite the dove which
      was under the third tree south down the row from the main grove
      road. Looking out the car window from there we were able to see
      the strong long black vertical marks on the wings, scaly breast
      and crown on gray background, and lighter area on side of face.
      The bill was short. In the shade of the tree we could NOT see the
      pink portion of the bill. It appeared dark to us. We never got
      clear looks at the leg color as it foraged on the ground in the
      leaves. This was both a Kern County and California state bird for
      David Chilton making for a very successful visit targeting and
      observing this species.
    * Western Scrub-Jay 2
    * Northern Mockingbird 3
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
    * White-crowned Sparrow 1
    * Brewer's Blackbird 1
    * House Finch 5

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KER--Muller Rd.--Arvin-Edison WSD Balancing Reservoir, Kern, US-CA

Date: Oct 18, 2014 1:19 PM - 1:24 PM

Protocol: Traveling - 0.6 mile(s)

Observers: Bob Barnes, David Chilton.

Coverage: From just outside west and south portions of perimeter fence. 
Condition: Largely dry wit only two species detected as being present. 


Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

2 species

    * Great Blue Heron 1
    * Black Phoebe 1

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Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell Phone #: 760-382-1260

Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-juvenile at Galileo 10/16 and 10/17/2014
From: "kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:32:30 -0400
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-juvenile was seen at Galileo 10/16 and  
10/17/2014. It was seen north of the small pond near the Pavilion. We have 
placed 

three photos of this Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-juvenile into the  
kerncobirding photo section in the album labeled 02Birds. 
 
This may be the same sapsucker sp.-juvenile that we reported on 10/15/2014. 
 
We also placed a photo of the Chestnut-sided Warbler we saw at Galileo on  
10/15/14 into the kerncobirding photo section in the album labeled  02Birds.
 
Today, 10/17/2014, we also saw a Yellow-breasted Chat in a cactus garden  
just west of the pond which is across from the main hotel.
 
                                                             Ken and Brenda 
Kyle
                                                             Bakersfield
Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler and Sapsucker Sp.(juvenile) at Galileo 10/15/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:11:28 -0400
Today, Wednesday, 10/15/14, we saw a Chestnut-sided Warbler just north of the 
small lake which is near the Pavilion. 

The Sapsucker sp.(juvenile) was seen in the same area.

Some of the other species seen today, were Golden-crowned Kinglet, 
Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler "Audubon's" (74), Warbling 
Vireo, Varied Thrush (2), Fox Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned 
Sparrow, Acorn Woodpecker and a Red-shouldered Hawk. 



 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

 Bakersfield 
Subject: Lewis' woodpeckers
From: "angelaguy AT att.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 11:28:23 -0700
Spotted a group of 8 Lewis' woodpeckers at Tom Sawyer Lake this morning. Lake 
level very low. Not much else there. 


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Subject: Galileo Update: Birds & Birders
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:33:54 -0700
Hi,

John Birsner sent me a text a few minutes ago stating that in the first 
three hours of birding this morning by those present on site, only the 
Black-throated Blue Warbler has been confirmed as remaining .... thus far.

During my 2:45pm-4:15pm visit to Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club 
yesterday afternoon (10/8/14), I was successful in seeing the 
Chestnut-sided War ler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Red-faced 
Warbler. I left to retunr home to Ridgecrest a few minutes before Dan 
Williams found a Bell's Vireo on site.

Furthermore, during m visit I took several minutes to talk with Galileo 
Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club Assistant Manager on site Nicole 
Anderson. Here's the latest scoop on Galileo/Silver Saddle's reopening 
of some of its facilities to birders (NOTE: and birders only!).

First off...

    * Independent birders and groups of birders including formal field
      trip groups are welcome to bird the grounds Mondays through
      Fridays EXCEPT HOLIDAYS..
    * Individual birders may bird the grounds on weekends. Still no
      groups fo birders or formal field trips allowed on weekends.
    * The hotel/motel courtyard and area around the bungalows and
      hotel/motel room entries are still off limits. The EXCEPTION whyon
      office staff is present you may ask them if there are any
      restrictions to where you may go during your particular time of
      visit. Staff may allow birding the entire grounds including the
      off-limits hotel and bungalow areas on thos many, many weekdays
      when no members are present. BOTTOM LINE: Don't assume! Ask!

Second...

Confirmed and new information based on Nicole's written notes given to 
me and the hotel and bungalow room rate sheet...

    * The new access to hotel rooms, bungalows, and on site RVs is
      available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
    * Groups of 4 or more may make arrangements for continental
      breakfast service.
    * Groups of less than 4 should call Silver Saddle at Galileo to see
      if they can arrange for a stay and/or continental breakfast for
      you should you desire either or both of those services. Nicole
      said if they can work it out for you to stay, they will do so. It
      may be difficult to find housekeeping staff to drive from
      California City to Galileo to be paid for cleaning rooms used by
      only one to three people. Even so, Nicole said to call to see if
      it can be made to work for you.
    * The RVs on site are available for rent - currently for one month
      periods. Call to see if you can be accommodated for a shorter stay.
    * If you have your own RV call to see if, as in the past when
      birders were there for up to a month at a time, to see if anything
      can be worked out. This is evolving. Just help the process along
      by understanding.
    * Birders have been given the favorable member guest rate which is
      the rate second lowest rate after member rates. The rates for
      birders are...$80/night for a bunkhouse queen, $90/night for a
      bunkhoue double, $85/night for a bungalow queen, $90/night for a
      bungalow double.
    * Check with Silver Saddle staff for on site RV use or the as yet
      undetermined policy for those who wish to bring their own RV for
      an extended period of birding Galileo and other nearby birding
      locations.
    * Silver Saddle staff have told several that they enjoy birders.
      Please reinforce this perception and current reality as best
      possible so birders may enjoy birding Galileo as long as it is in
      friendly ownership. Staff seems to enjoy thank you notes and other
      signs of appreciation which have been given to them. Framed photos
      for the walls or a photo for a front desk photo album would be
      welcome, too! Maybe a nice one of the recent Red-faced Warbler!

The phone number for reaching Silver Saddle Ranch & Club at Galileo Hill 
directly is 760-373-8617. All front desk staff have always been very 
nice to me. Cliff Reynolds in the on site manager while Nicole Anderson 
is the on site assistant manager.

If there are any questions or comments my way form any list serv 
readers, please do so off line so this thread can be appropriately closed!

Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,

Closing this thread and back to birding our/your brains out!

Bob

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell: 760-382-1260

Subject: Galileo Update: Birds & Birders
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:25:18 -0700
Hi,

John Birsner sent me a text a few minutes ago stating that in the first 
three hours of birding this morning by those present on site, only the 
Black-throated Blue Warbler has been confirmed as remaining .... thus far.

During my 2:45pm-4:15pm visit to Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club 
yesterday afternoon (10/8/14), I was successful in seeing the 
Chestnut-sided War ler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Red-faced 
Warbler. I left to retunr home to Ridgecrest a few minutes before Dan 
Williams found a Bell's Vireo on site.

Furthermore, during m visit I took several minutes to talk with Galileo 
Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club Assistant Manager on site Nicole 
Anderson. Here's the latest scoop on Galileo/Silver Saddle's reopening 
of some of its facilities to birders (NOTE: and birders only!).

First off...

    * Independent birders and groups of birders including formal field
      trip groups are welcome to bird the grounds Mondays through
      Fridays EXCEPT HOLIDAYS..
    * Individual birders may bird the grounds on weekends. Still no
      groups fo birders or formal field trips allowed on weekends.
    * The hotel/motel courtyard and area around the bungalows and
      hotel/motel room entries are still off limits. The EXCEPTION whyon
      office staff is present you may ask them if there are any
      restrictions to where you may go during your particular time of
      visit. Staff may allow birding the entire grounds including the
      off-limits hotel and bungalow areas on thos many, many weekdays
      when no members are present. BOTTOM LINE: Don't assume! Ask!

Second...

Confirmed and new information based on Nicole's written notes given to 
me and the hotel and bungalow room rate sheet...

    * The new access to hotel rooms, bungalows, and on site RVs is
      available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
    * Groups of 4 or more may make arrangements for continental
      breakfast service.
    * Groups of less than 4 should call Silver Saddle at Galileo to see
      if they can arrange for a stay and/or continental breakfast for
      you should you desire either or both of those services. Nicole
      said if they can work it out for you to stay, they will do so. It
      may be difficult to find housekeeping staff to drive from
      California City to Galileo to be paid for cleaning rooms used by
      only one to three people. Even so, Nicole said to call to see if
      it can be made to work for you.
    * The RVs on site are available for rent - currently for one month
      periods. Call to see if you can be accommodated for a shorter stay.
    * If you have your own RV call to see if, as in the past when
      birders were there for up to a month at a time, to see if anything
      can be worked out. This is evolving. Just help the process along
      by understanding.
    * Birders have been given the favorable member guest rate which is
      the rate second lowest rate after member rates. The rates for
      birders are...$80/night for a bunkhouse queen, $90/night for a
      bunkhoue double, $85/night for a bungalow queen, $90/night for a
      bungalow double.
    * Check with Silver Saddle staff for on site RV use or the as yet
      undetermined policy for those who wish to bring their own RV for
      an extended period of birding Galileo and other nearby birding
      locations.
    * Silver Saddle staff have told several that they enjoy birders.
      Please reinforce this perception and current reality as best
      possible so birders may enjoy birding Galileo as long as it is in
      friendly ownership. Staff seems to enjoy thank you notes and other
      signs of appreciation which have been given to them. Framed photos
      for the walls or a photo for a front desk photo album would be
      welcome, too! Maybe a nice one of the recent Red-faced Warbler!

The phone number for reaching Silver Saddle Ranch & Club at Galileo Hill 
directly is 760-373-8617. All front desk staff have always been very 
nice to me. Cliff Reynolds in the on site manager while Nicole Anderson 
is the on site assistant manager.

If there are any questions or comments my way form any list serv 
readers, please do so off line so this thread can be appropriately closed!

Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,

Closing this thread and back to birding our/your brains out!

Bob

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell: 760-382-1260

Subject: Re: Red-Faced Warbler
From: "'thomas.miko AT verizon.net' thomas.miko@verizon.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:17:33 -0700
Hi, it is Wednesday morning, and Bob Barnes just called me to tell me that the 
Red faced Warbler is by the pool at Galileo. 

John Boetsma (spelling?) found it.
Tom Miko
909.241.3300 
.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone

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From: "'John C. Wilson' jcwilson AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" 
 

To: 
Subject: [kerncobirding] Red-Faced Warbler
Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 12:12 pm
All,

I am unable to send the post of the Red-faced Warbler to Calbirds. Could 
someone forward the previous post for me? 


Thanks

John Wilson






Subject: Red-faced Warbler seen in several locations at Galileo 10/07/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:57:12 -0400
The Red-faced Warbler was first seen today, 10//07/14, at Galileo north of the 
tennis courts. Several birders, including ourselves, later saw the Red-faced 
Warbler at the restrooms just north of the large lake. It was feeding on top of 
and around the outside of the wooden structure. Later, in the afternoon, the 
Red-faced Warbler was seen by several birders when it returned to the tennis 
court area. 


When we return to Bakersfield, we will place photos of the Red-faced Warbler 
and the Chestnut-sided Warbler into the kerncobirding photo section in the 
album labeled 02Birds. 


The Chestnut-sided Warbler continues at Galileo. Also, today, another birder 
pointed out a male Black-throated Blue Warbler at Galileo. Both of these birds 
were seen by several birders. 


 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

                                                                 Bakersfield
Subject: Red-Faced Warbler
From: "'John C. Wilson' jcwilson AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:12:52 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
All,
I am unable to send the post of the Red-faced Warbler to Calbirds. Could 
someone forward the previous post for me? 

Thanks
John Wilson


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Subject: Red-Faced Warbler
From: "'John C. Wilson' jcwilson AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:32:09 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Hi All,
I just received a call from Ken and Brenda Kyle. They have a Red-Faced Warbler 
at Galileo Hills Park (Silver Saddle Ranch). It was being seen at 10:30 AM in 
the Pyracantha bushes just north of the tennis courts, near the "Chuck Wagon" 
area. 

Good Birding,
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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Galileo on 10/06/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:01:25 -0400
Today, Monday, 10/06/14, we saw a Chestnut-sided Warbler at Galileo. We 
observed it just north of the tennis courts. It was in the company of a large 
number of Yellow-rumped Warblers"Audubon's" and about six Black-throated Gray 
Warblers. The Chestnut-sided Warbler was feeding beneath a table which was next 
to a Pyracantha bush. In a few days, we will post a photo of the Chestnut-sided 
Warbler into the kerncobirding photo section in the album labeled 02Birds. 


                                                            Ken and Brenda Kyle
                                                            Bakersfield

Subject: Cerro Coso Community College warning
From: "'Susan Steele' steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:01:14 -0700
All, after 41 years of free parking at Cerro Coso Community College, you now
need a permit to park there.  I learned this the hard way after receiving a
parking citation today.  I also learned that the college is supposed to put
up signs informing the public of this change, but that they are still
working on them.  I'm sure they are as this will generate maximum revenue.  

 

So, your parking options are now the BLM lots at the bottom of the college
and at the top of the college.  

 

You could also buy a parking permit, but as there are no signs indicating
how to do that, good luck to you.

 

Susan
Subject: Galileo staff expected to be notified tomorrow
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:22:23 -0700
Hi,

Not all staff has been notified of the opening of Silver Saddle lodging 
to birders during weekdays. It is expected they will be notified 
tomorrow. Also, it appears this change of policy is in favor of birders 
only. This means if birders call to check on the availability of rooms 
they should mention they are birders. Otherwise, the answer might be 
that the lodging is open only to members. Birders now being the 
exception during weekdays. BOTTOM LINE: This is an exception open only 
to birders.

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California




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Subject: Important Galileo/Silver Saddle Update
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:55:50 -0700
Hi,

Word was received today that Silver Saddle Ranch and Club at Galileo 
Hill in eastern Kern County is once again open to birders who wish to 
stay the night at the on site hotel/motel weekday nights (not 
weekends!). Lodging on site for birders is still off limits on weekends 
when members are most likely to be on site. Please call Silver Saddle to 
verify the preceding and if Sunday nights count as a weekday night if 
arrival is in the evening after virtually all members have left from a 
weekend stay.

Further word is that Silver Saddle will provide continental breakfast to 
groups of five or more birders except on weekends.

Details on cost for lodging and the nature of continental breakfasts are 
unknown to me. Call Silver Saddle Ranch and Club (California City - 760 
area code) to secure those details.

Whether or not the RV area is available to birders with RVs is not 
known. Check with Silver Saddle Ranch and Club staff.

ALL OF THE PRECEDING ASSUMES THAT BIRDERS WILL CALL SILVER SADDLE AHEAD 
OF TIME TO VERIFY CURRENT COSTS AND OTHER SPECIFICS AT THE TIME OF CALLS.

PLEASE DO NOT JUST SHOW UP TO MAKE RESERVATIONS UNTIL IT IS SEEN HOW 
THINGS PROGRESS REGARDING THIS PARTIAL REOPENING OF SILVER SADDLE 
FACILITIES TO BIRDERS.

Otherwise, the guidelines for birding Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & 
Club remain the same - no groups on weekends and holidays, unobtrusive 
individuals OK on weekends, groups and individuals welcome on 
non-holiday weekdays, be highly conscious of the priority rights of 
members (vs. birders).

Depending on how things go, the changes listed above might be added to 
or taken away. No doubt future use by birders will dictate which way the 
pendulum swings (negatively or positively).

Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

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Subject: Ovenbird and Band-tailed Pigeon at Galileo 10/01/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:09:54 -0400
Today, Wednesday, 10/01/14, we saw an Ovenbird at Galileo. It was seen on the 
grass across from the hotel. Also, we saw a Band-tailed Pigeon drinking water 
from a puddle on a slab of cement. 


                                                           Ken and Brenda Kyle
                                                           Bakersfield
Subject: Kern River Valley Am. Redstart
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:58:09 -0700
Hi,

The AMERICAN REDSTART in clean, crisp, fresh yellow plumage on the sides 
of the chest and prominently displayed in the fanned tail (vs. adult 
male's orange/reddish orange) along the Kern River Preserve portion of 
Fay Rancah Rd in Weldon, South Fork Kern River Valley, Kern County, at 
c. 2650' in the southern Sierra Nevada was observed again this morning - 
continuing from this past Saturday, September 20th. North on Fay Ranch 
Rd from CA Hwy 178 c. 0.25 miles to a small willow at the edge of the 
road next to the pasture on the right/east and a large willow and three 
large cottonwoods on the left/west across Fay Ranch Rd from the small 
willow.

The Kern River Valley is not known as a hotspot for southbound, fall 
landbird migrants vs. during northbound, spring landbird migration when 
it is a hoptspot (e.g.: single mornings with up to 10,000 Vaux's Swifts, 
200 Swainson's Thrushes, 1200 Western Tanagers, 900 Black-headed 
Grosbeaks tallied from a single point). This morning was likely about as 
good as it gets in fall along Fay Ranch Rd with SIX WARBLER SPECIES 
present within 100' of one another - 3 Orange-crowned Warblers, 3 Common 
Yellowthroats, 1 American Redstart,  3 Yellow Warblers, 1 Wilson's Warbler.

SUMMER TANAGER continue to be present into the last week of September 
when the last of this species usually departs the South Fork Kern River 
Valley for winter season to the south, although some years and 
individual or two lingers into the first week in October. One was along 
Fay Ranch Rd this morning while last Thursday three were along Sierra 
Way and last Saturday one was along Fay Ranch and two were along the 
closed Public Access Trail at Canebrake Ecological Reserve (access 
letter required until new on-site staff hires).

This morning's eBird list of thirty-nine species may be view via...



Continued Happy, Productive, and Rewarding Birding,

Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

Cell: 760-382-1260


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Subject: Fwd: KERN birds 9/21-23 (Paint Redstart & BrWi Hawk etc)@Butter/GalHill
From: "Susan Steele steele7 AT verizon.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:56:02 -0700
Serving as the messenger for Al. 

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: alan demartini 
> Date: September 23, 2014 at 4:38:52 PM PDT
> To: bbarnes AT lightspeed.net, Susan Steele 
> Subject: KERN birds 9/21-23 (Paint Redstart & BrWi Hawk etc) AT Butter/GalHill
> 
> Hi Bob & Susan,
> 
> Share this out further if you like otherwise it might be of interest to you 
at least. 

> (For Yahoo reasons I can't post at CB ['til the stars realign?] & my attempts 
to get things out via Luther Sterling &/or Lomax 

> didn't get out [they may have been on the road too] as I had a Philly Vireo 
at Baker SP 9/19) 

> 
> 
> 
> Butterbredt Springs 
> 9/21 Sunday all day
> 
> Painted Redstart 1 present from 8:10 to about 10am or so 
> came & went from view 3 times ... photos taken (rarer in Fall here?)
> due to my advanced tech-tonic skills photos available only at the back of my 
camera (see me for info on pay-per-view rates) 

> 
> 100+ Sage Sparrows to study/drive yourself crazy with ... but very observable 
even if their provenance might be murky 

> from my understanding of the field marks belcan & nevada-densis both there.
> 
> First two songbirds of day (beside HO ravens) were both Sooty Fox Sparrows 
(my FOF & the only ones I saw in the next day & a half). 

> 
> Only 12 warbs of 8 species present (chat & nashville best, wilsons only one 
to have multiples ie 5) 

> 
> FOF Hermit Thrush (gray great basin type) 1
> 
> A bright Cassin's/Blue-headed only Vireo ... photos taken but stayed high in 
cottonwood where I saw it grab 2 'ladies' (Painted?). 

> 
> 
> 9/22 Monday AM
> 
> A very dull (with a tan wash on breast? not sure I've seen that before) true 
Cassin's was with a solo WaVi 

> 
> Now 17 warbs of 5 species noted (2 nashville best, all species in multiples, 
5 OC highest, NO wilsons!) 

> 
> Potential best bird of day got away flying up canyon a large yellow-bellied 
kingbird eluded me with a fake stop/landing in the new C.G. 

> area.
> 
> Acorn WPs 2 (part of the trend I guess) & a Nuttall's were a surprise (should 
they be?). 

> 
> 
> Central Park CA City heat o' the day
> 
> RC Kinglet 1 FOF
> 
> 
> Silversprings Resort/ Gal Hill
> 9/22 PM & 9/23 AM
> 
> Broad-winged Hawk pale adult present both days (the Kyle's may have glimpsed 
it today & will try tomorrow too). 

> Seen flying yesterday (& I thought not chase-able) but today I flushed it & 
got a better study (by not trying for a photo) 

> confirming that it was an adult.
> 
> Acorn WP conts
> WB Nut 1
> chat nashvilles 75+ individuals of 10 species of warb plus 9 WaVi ... some 
WeTa WiFl WeFl Pewees etc 

> 
> hope this is of interest & to see you both out & about soon,
> happy birding,
>                    Al DeMartin
> 
> 
Subject: Water for Kern NWR & Kern County Wildlife
From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes AT lightspeed.net [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:31:32 -0700
Hi,

Although politics could change the currently expected, here's a link to 
a CA Gov article on water for wildlife this late summer, plus coming 
fall and winter which could impact the when, where, and how of birding 
Kern County wetland areas during this time period.



Note the mention of Kern County's own Kern National Wildlife Refuge and 
the CURRENT (subject to change in my mind) anticipated water delivery.

Further coming to my mind, it will be most interesting to see if birders 
see changes in numbers and patterns of occurrence of birds these next 
several months as waterfowl and other bird species possibly seek 
alternative water sources. Will water treatment plants (which have a 
guaranteed source of water from human sewage treatment :) be more jammed 
with waterbirds, shorebirds, and near-water-loving-birds than usual as a 
result of water shortages occurring elsewhere? What about golf course 
and housing development ponds which may or may not be impacted vs. the 
norm? What about private yards with small ponds and/or other water features?

I am hopeful birders in Kern County note the preceding and unmentioned 
factors as they bird and enter data into eBird 
() where the information will available 
for researchers and wildlife managers to analyze and use as part of the 
effort to maintain viable wildlife and the subset of wild bird 
populations - birding and citizen science combined with, no doubt, some 
good to outstanding birder perspective bird species observed along the way.

Continued Happy & Productive Birding,

Bob


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Subject: Sora at Galileo 8/20/14
From: "Ken and Brenda Kyle kbgoldennugget2 AT aol.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:32 -0400 (EDT)
Today, Wednesday, 8/20/14, we saw a Sora at Galileo. When the Sora flew across 
the pond, the breast appeared buffy. We placed two photos of this Sora into the 
kerncobirding photo section in the Album labeled 02 Birds. 


The following are a few of the other species we saw today at Galileo: Willow 
Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, 
and Black-headed Grosbeaks. 


 Ken and Brenda Kyle 

                                                                   Bakersfield

                                                                         

Subject: how about 2014 instead.
From: "kkheindel AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Aug 2014 06:37:38 -0700
The summer report I'm looking for is for this year, 1 June 2014 - 31 July 2014! 

 

 Kelli H Levinson
 Bakersfield, Ca
Subject: time for a Summer report
From: "kkheindel AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Aug 2014 06:33:26 -0700
 The Nesting Season (1 June, 2013 – 31 July, 2013) has ended, and it is time 
to 

 compile a report detailing the significant sightings that took place in Kern
 County. Please forward to me reports of interest including unusual species,
 late/early migrant dates, out of season records, high or low numbers, notable
 absences
 etc….
 
 Please include written descriptions, photographs, recordings, sketches, etc. 
to 

 support and add to the value of your report. 
 
 Thanks for your help!
 Kelli H. Levinson
 KKHeindel AT ...
 

Subject: AOU changes pertinent to Kern County
From: "'Ali Sheehey' natureali AT gmail.com [kerncobirding]" <kerncobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:34:20 -0700
HI Birders,

I have updated the Kern County checklists of birds on my website to reflect the 
changes published today by the American Ornithologists’ Union. This list is 
also posted on my webpages. 

Simple checklist: http://www.natureali.org/checklists/kernbirdchecklist.htm
Photo checklist: http://www.natureali.org/guides/KC_BIRDS.htm

AOU 54th supplement, 2014. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern 
County only. Changes in this supplement include the following: Arctic Warbler 
was split into three species but the only recorded bird in Kern is the one that 
retains both the common and scientific name therefore this split does not 
change our list: Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) 


Changes to common names: Common Black-Hawk loses the hyphen between black and 
hawk becoming Common Black Hawk. 

Changes to generic names: none of note for Kern County Birders.
Species split

Arctic Warbler is split into the following species

Arctic Warbler - Phylloscopus borealis - the only species that has wandered to 
California 

Kamchatka Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus examinandus
Japanese Leaf Warbler* - Phylloscopus xanthodryas

Checklist sequence changes: The only consequence for Kern County birders is a 
reshuffling of the sequence of some of the doves. 

Old Order:

Spotted Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
New checklist sequence
Spotted Dove

Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove



Ali Sheehey
P.O. Box 1832
Kernville, CA 93238

760-417-0268

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