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Checklist S16030374

 
Location
Kern River County Park, Kern County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:50 AM 🌙 Nocturnal
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
7 hour(s), 55 minute(s)
Distance:
16.4 mile(s)
Observers:
Bob Barnes
Comments:
Coverage: 12.2 miles driving interior roads within the Lake Ming area starting at the entrance road leading in from Alfred Harrell Highway, Lake Ming, the road leading to the picnic area between Kern River Golf Course and the Kern River, and the road from Lake Ming to Kern River Campground; plus 4.2 miles walking the Kern River Group Picnic Area, the trail leading upriver along the Kern River for 0.5 mile starting from below the group picnic area, the trail leading east to west between Lake Ming and the Kern River then continuing west to the west end of Kern River Campground, then return walking through the campground, picnic area on the bluff above the Kern River and Lake Ming, and the road along the south edge of Lake Ming back to the east end; plus the drive back on the exit road back out to Alfred Harrell Highway. Cloud Cover: Overcast much of the day. Temperature: 49-61 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind: 0 kph/mph.
Species
72 species (+1 other taxa) total
14
21
107
7
4
24
28

All at Lake Ming. Six in the inner "harbor" while twenty-two were on the main lake in one count from left (south) to right (north) while looking from the east.

64
1

was a female observed swimming by itself for several minutes at the west end of Lake Ming. It did not dive during the lengthy observation period. First noticed was the bushy brown head (vs. saturated reddish brown in Common) and very thin bill (vs. Common which has a thick base). Several times it turned to show its front which was whitish from the water to the bill (vs. Common's neck collar isolating white in the throat). The relatively small white patch on the wing eliminated a first winter male. Many female Common Mergansers among the sixty-four individuals observed on another part of the lake earlier in the day resulting in this individual "jumping out" as a Red-breasted Merganser with the small white patch eliminating a first winter male Red-breasted.

4
8
6
1
4
1
Western/Clark's Grebe
5
63
1

was an adult male.

3
2
1
130
4
1
3
4
211
76
2
11
8
1
1
7
3
8
1
1
8
16
1
15
4
29
5
78
46
2
5
6
10
4
10
4
8
41
25
67
12
2
4
29
186
14
19
6
6
1
4
37
30
1
21
 

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

Yes