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Checklist S15160120

 
Location
California City Central Park, Kern County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:20 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
3 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Distance:
2.0 kilometer(s)
Observers:
Curtis Marantz
Species
56 species (+5 other taxa) total
8
Cinnamon Teal

(I saw one on the pond at the 3rd Tee and a flock of seven that landed on the main lake of the park)

30
Mallard

(calling; although most of the ducks looked like Mallards, I am not really sure how wild these birds are)

2
Ruddy Duck

(I saw a single male in winter-like plumage and female on the pond at the 3rd Tee)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
2
Pied-billed Grebe

(together on the main lake)

2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

(two pigeons that flew overhead may not have been truly wild)

1
Eurasian Collared-Dove

(singing; an unseen bird heard singing was the only one I encountered, which seemed odd)

1
Mourning Dove
2
Black-chinned Hummingbird

(calling; heard-only)

6
Anna's Hummingbird

(singing and calling; I saw a male and two females)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 2
Sex Unknown
3
Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird

(calling; the bird I saw was a female)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown 2
1
Virginia Rail

(calling; an unseen bird heard calling once from the pond at the 3rd Tee)

10
American Coot (Red-shielded)

(calling)

1
Killdeer

(calling; at the pond near the 3rd Tee)

3
Spotted Sandpiper

(calling; one at the pond at the 8th Tee was a juvenile, but I did not see the other two birds as well)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1 2
1
Double-crested Cormorant

(an immature on the main lake)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
2
Great Blue Heron

(calling; I saw one at the 3rd Tee and another on the main lake)

1
Great Egret

(on the main lake at the park)

1
Black-crowned Night-Heron

(calling; I flushed an unseen bird along the southeastern shore of the main lake along the Par-3 Golf Course)

1
White-faced Ibis

(a young bird at the pond at the 3rd Tee)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1
Cooper's Hawk

(calling; a seemingly small juvenile was probably a male)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1
hawk sp.

(I briefly glimpsed in flight near the 8th Tee what was either a small Buteo or a relatively large Accipiter, but I could not be sure which one)

2
Belted Kingfisher

(calling; given the distance between them, I assume the female that I saw at the 3rd Tee was different from the female that I saw at the main lake, but I suppose they could have been the same)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 2
Sex Unknown
1
Nuttall's Woodpecker

(calling; a rattle call given by an unseen bird near the 3rd Tee was somewhat unexpected at this site)

10
Western Wood-Pewee

(calling; I heard one repeatedly giving "plik" calls and another that gave a partial song)

4
Willow Flycatcher

(calling)

1
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher)

(a silent bird at the 8th Tee)

6
Black Phoebe

(calling)

1
Say's Phoebe

(calling; heard-only)

2
Warbling Vireo
10
Common Raven

(calling)

40
Horned Lark

(calling; I heard one or two flying overhead, but the rest were near the 8th Tee, where I counted 38 birds in one flock)

2
Tree Swallow

(fling over the pond at the 3rds Tee)

2
House Wren

(calling; I heard one unseen bird scolding and another giving the more distinctive calls of this species)

7
Marsh Wren

(calling; Marsh Wrens were plentiful in the cattail stands, where I saw one or two quite well)

1
Swainson's Thrush

(calling; one seen and heard high in the trees along the southern shore of the lake clearly had the buffy eyering and weakly spotted breast of a Swainson's Thrush, but I was less sure if it had the more russet upperparts of the coastal subspecies)

2
European Starling

(seen only as they flew by)

8
Cedar Waxwing

(calling; the waxwings were all seen along the southeastern shore of the lake, where they seemed to be attracted to some pale berries that were growing on some of the willow-like trees bordering the lake)

20
House Finch

(calling)

1
Lesser Goldfinch

(calling; heard-only)

4
Chipping Sparrow

(I saw a streaky juvenile near the 3rd Tee and another juvenile and two first-winter birds near the 8th Tee)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 2 2
3
Lark Sparrow

(calling)

1
Vesper Sparrow

(one seen relatively well and photographed near the 3rd Tee seemed a little early)

5
Savannah Sparrow

(calling)

1
Song Sparrow

(calling; the only one seen looked like one of the coastal forms)

2
Yellow-headed Blackbird

(I saw both a male and a female with the blackbird flock at the pond at the 3rd Tee)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
20
Red-winged Blackbird

(calling)

35
Brown-headed Cowbird

(calling; the vast majority of the cowbirds seen appeared to be juveniles)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 25 10
30
Great-tailed Grackle

(calling; including a number of apparent juveniles)

1
Northern Waterthrush

A bird seen and heard along the shore of the pond at the 8th Tee gave an unusually flat call that I did not immediately recognize as a waterthrush, yet it appeared visually to be typical of this species. This was a relatively large, heavy-bodied warbler with a large head and a flat-crowned appearance yet not much of a neck, a relatively short tail that was pumped weakly up-and-down, and for a waterthrush, what seemed to be a small, slim bill that tapered to a finely pointed tip. I did not see the primary projection, the placement of the wingtips relative to the tail, or the precise length of either the bill or tail. What I could see was that this bird was quite dark and seemingly brownish on the crown, upperparts, wings, and tail, and that it lacked an obvious pattern on the crown and wings. Quite evident was a relatively narrow, but well-defined, supercilium that extended through the supraloral region, over the eye, and back along the upper edge of the auriculars to somewhere near their rear terminus. I thought the supercilium was yellowish and that it did not expand behind the eye. Delimiting the rear part of the supercilium was a broad, dusky band that represented a postocular stripe, but the lower part of the auriculars seemed to be paler and relatively unmarked. The throat, breast, belly, sides, and flanks were uniformly creamy yellow, but with fine streaks that were well-defined and quite dark extending across the breast and sides and then down through the flanks. I did not see any obvious streaking on the throat, but I could have missed fine streaks, and I thought there were darker malar-stripes. I am not sure I ever saw clearly the undertail coverts or the underside of the tail. The bill seemed to be largely if not entirely dark and the eyes were also dark. The legs had pinkish tones, but they too were relatively dark as opposed to the obviously pink legs of Louisiana Waterthrush.

5
Orange-crowned Warbler

(calling; I suspect all represented O. c. lutescens, but at least one or two were relatively dull)

1
Nashville Warbler (ridgwayi)

(calling; a brightly colored bird seen near the 3rd Tee was constantly pumping its tail)

5
MacGillivray's Warbler

(calling)

22
Common Yellowthroat

(calling; I saw nine immature males and four females)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 9
Female 4
Sex Unknown 9
25
Yellow Warbler (Northern)

(calling; I suspect my tally of 22 birds was quite conservative)

1
Black-throated Gray Warbler

(calling; an apparent immature male with a mostly black throat was in a largely leafless tree between Windsong Street and the 3rd Tee)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
10
Wilson's Warbler
10
Wilson's Warbler (chryseola)

(calling; at least half of the birds seen had the golden-yellow back of C. p. chryseola and nearly as many were adult males with full, black caps)

1
Black-headed Grosbeak

(calling; I heard one and saw what may or may not have been a second bird, a brightly colored individual that was probably a young male)

1
Blue Grosbeak

(calling; a female-plumaged bird along the weedy ditch east of the 3rd Tee)

3
Lazuli Bunting

(calling; the three buntings that I saw well all represented female-plumaged Lazuli)

2
Lazuli/Indigo Bunting

(calling; I heard "buzz" calls by two additional, unseen buntings)

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes