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Owner Thomas Wurster

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with Liga L Auzins. 62-91 F; clear and calm - birding conditions were very favorable and much improved over Saturday's breezy conditions..Joined loosely by Susan Steele, Alison Sheehey, and Dave Goodward after 8:30; and after 11am a small army of birders were on site including Matt Brady, Adam Searcy, Jon Garrett, Christian ..., Mark and Janet Scheel, Chris ..., and Tom Miko. Andrew Howe and Stan Gray joined later still. Despite intense coverage, the White-eyed Vireo went undetected after about 9:30, and the Hepatic Tanager was never seen after our initial sighting at about 9:50 AM.


  1. Number observed: 2

    Comments: a live male, and the carcass of a recently killed female

  2. Number observed: 3
  3. Number observed: 10
  4. Number observed: 1

    Comments: a banded blue-barred racing pigeon

  5. Number observed: 8
  6. Number observed: 10
  7. Number observed: 1

    Comments: female

  8. Number observed: 3

    Comments: all females -

  9. hummingbird sp.

    Number observed: 5

    Comments: all females, poorly seen or in flight - Costa's is most likely, but Anna's and black-chineed are possible

  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 1
  12. Number observed: 2
  13. Number observed: 3

    Comments: rousted at sunrise from their overnight roost in the cottonwoods at east end

  14. Number observed: 1

    Comments: light phase adult

  15. Number observed: 4

    Comments: 1 adult and 3 young that had just vacated the nest; their maturity ranged from the largest mostly youngster that wore a near complete sets of feathers with only traces of down showing to a second mostly feathered youngster that still carried a fair amount of down, to the noticeably smallest youngster that wore more down than feathers.

  16. Number observed: 2

    Comments: calling vigorously at dawn at our campsite on the creosote flats surrounding Galileo and less than a mile NW of the entrance kiosk..

  17. Number observed: 3

    Comments: male and 2 females observed; calling regularly throught day from all areas of site - I'm satisfied that twp pairs nest here. no sign of fledglings yet.

  18. Number observed: 1

    Comments: observed by Liga only

  19. Number observed: 10
  20. Number observed: 30

    Comments: presence noted by near constant visual or vocal contact. Many fitz-bewing, many aggrssive chases with both PSFL and other WIFL

  21. Number observed: 1

    Comments: a late migrant that I found early in day; later in the day Mark Sheel and Jon Garrett made independent identifications and both photograhed it.

  22. Number observed: 30

    Comments: very abundant as expected for this date at this

  23. Number observed: 4

    Comments: all adults, still no siogn of fledglings

  24. Number observed: 4

    Comments: all worn adults, still no sign of fledglings. Likely under counted as we had far more encounters than on previous visits over past 6 weeks.

  25. Number observed: 1

    Comments: calling/"singing: from atop cottonwood in Pavilion area - the first I've observed here this spring.

  26. Number observed: 6

    Comments: perhaps as many as eight; multiple noisy pairs at east end

  27. Number observed: 1

    Comments: continued, initial reported by Susan Steele on May 31. We refound it at 7:30 on the stable lawn - unexpected after going undetected yesterday by all observers including us despite intensive effort. It called and snag several over our 8-10 minute period of contact. Dave Goodward refound it around 9:30 and maintained contact long enough for observation by Susan Steele and photos by Alison Sheehey It eluded all the later arriving observers despite intense effort. Last Vireo with spectacle and wings bars. Golden brow and spectacles surrounding eye; obvious white irides and dark pupil give fierce appearance to face. Grayish above and on wing panel; white below with bright but narrow golden band down sides. Stubby bush-vireo body with short thick neck and short tail. Call an emphatic check, often incorporated in catchy syncopated song phrase. This is our first Kern Co White-eyed Vireo sighting despite half a dozen records from this site alone! Much relief at finally catching up to this one!

  28. Number observed: 20
  29. Number observed: 4
  30. Number observed: 60
  31. Number observed: 6

    Comments: all adults

  32. Number observed: 30

    Comments: all russet-backed; numbers obviously down from previous weekend but still abundant. One partially leucistic bird with large white patch on one side of posterior half of underparts.

  33. Number observed: 1

    Comments: a large pale Sierran form; it chupped in flight and frequent quivering in wings while foraging in the open on the lawn on the north side of the Pavilion - clearly a different thrush from the one darker bird with near black chest marking that I observed yesterday on the adjacent rosemary slope.

  34. Number observed: 20

    Comments: first juvs noted

  35. Number observed: 2

    Comments: male and female separately

  36. Number observed: 50

    Comments: numerous fledged juveniles

  37. Number observed: 3

    Comments: all adults

  38. Number observed: 3
  39. Number observed: 1

    Comments: continuing SY male signing throughout morning at east end as if on territory, then silent by late morning. Made a quick circuit of the facility in late morning, calling briefly from tree tops then moving 50-100 meters to next site. Many song variants, most often repeated was a snappy rolling phrase paraphrased by a birding companion of Andrew Howe as "eating your brains for lunch" ! a black hooded orange oriole with black wings (messy coverts and duller flight feathers of a SY bird; orange duller than on ASY male, paler on middle of body; undrside of tial orange.

  40. Number observed: 8

    Comments: likely under counted, multiple females carrying food to nestling in cattails plus 2 or more males

  41. Number observed: 20

    Comments: females frantically searching the lawn throughout the day; repeated flights carrying food to nests in row of Italian cypress at east end of stables.

  42. Number observed: 20
  43. Number observed: 1

    Comments: an SY male with obviously duller fight feathers may be continuing from Fri despite going undetected yesterday.

  44. Number observed: 8

    Comments: only 1 male, the others were pale -throated females with eye-arcs

  45. Number observed: 30

    Comments: obviously greenish/olive crown color on many - indicates an alaskan subspecies?)

  46. Number observed: 1

    Comments: a female straggler

  47. Number observed: 1

    Comments: a singing male in spectacular plumage. Migrant TOWA are infrequent singers at eastern Kern oasis sites.

  48. Number observed: 25

    Comments: outnumbered by Yellows; most were females.

  49. Number observed: 1

    Comments: adult male. brick red tanager lacking wingbars; obvious grayish auriculars and dark gray-black
    bill; small bill; grayish on flanks. I watched a red tanager fly toward me and land atop a nearby Siberian elm less just 40-50 feet away - its perch height was just 10-15 ft above my elevation upslope from the tree. It perched facing me in direct open sunlight, then shifted its head and body allowing a partial side view. I mentally ID'd it as a Summer Tanager while in flight , but recognized immediately on its landing that it was not. Its color was wrong, a dull brick red compared to the bright red of Summer's; more important, it was not evenly colored and lacking any facial pattern as a Summer would be, but showed a prominent dark auricular; head and body color was also uneven - the red color was heightened across its forehead and was slighlty duller on the crown and lower face; the brick red color underparts shaded narrrowly to grayish below the line of the folded wing; the brick red on the wing panel was also uneven, a blended grayish suffusion over the brick red coloring. The bill was small, in the range of a Western Tanager, not even close to the "honker" bill of our local cooperii ; bill color was also dead wrong for Summer, but dead on for Hepatic - black with very dark grayish cast with just trace of shine or glean in the sunlight. It remained silent. It remained it view only briefly, more than 10 seconds but certainly lless than 30 seconds,but sufficiently long to observe and then confirm the validity of the characters noted here. This marks the long awaited first record of an adult male in Kern County. Unfortunately, only Liga and I shared this observation. It was not refound despite hours of searching by a small legion of competent observers - then again, the White-eyed Vireo wasn't refound either, and the Baltimore Oriole eluded most observers.

  50. Number observed: 2

    Comments: numbers dramatically lower than last weekend

  51. Number observed: 20
  52. Number observed: 1

    Comments: a female; likely continuing from previous day

  53. Number observed: 4
  54. Number observed: 1

    Comments: male, seen by Liga only, possible same continuing from previous day

  55. Number observed: 40