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Checklist S20954572

 
Location
Kern River County Park, Kern County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:55 AM 🌙 Nocturnal
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
6 hour(s), 31 minute(s)
Distance:
3.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Bob Barnes
Comments:
Coverage: Kern River just above group picnic area, group picnic area, Lake Ming, Kern River Campground, Kern River downriver to just west of C.A.L.M. Temperature: 49-55 degrees Fahrentheit. Weather: Very light rain most of the day.
Species
74 species (+3 other taxa) total
2
Wood Duck
5
Gadwall
5
American Wigeon
141
Mallard
10
Ring-necked Duck
10
Bufflehead
29
Common Goldeneye
18
Hooded Merganser
24
Common Merganser
5
Ruddy Duck
4
Pied-billed Grebe
5
Eared Grebe
2
Western Grebe
3
Clark's Grebe
1
Eurasian Collared-Dove
21
Mourning Dove
12
Anna's Hummingbird
1
Virginia Rail
2
Sora
238
American Coot (Red-shielded)
2
Killdeer
2
California Gull
1
Herring Gull
1
Larus sp.
1
Pacific Loon

continued. Photographed on prior days by Elias Elias and Ken Kyle. Seen this day (12/17/14) by Bob Barnes in the morning, then Priscilla Summers and Steve Summers in the afternoon. Observed in direct comparison with a Common Loon including close passes which confirmed differences in bill color & size, overall size, and separation of white from dark on neck. Relative to the Common Loon, the Pacific Loon had a distinctly smaller, darker bill and a clean separation of white from dark along the sides of the neck. It was smaller in overall size which was most evident when they swam close by each other several times during the observation period of several minutes. The bill was held straight (vs. the upturned look in the even less expected Red-necked Grebe). Sometimes I thought I saw an indication of a dark chin strap while other times I could not be sure.

1
Common Loon
173
Double-crested Cormorant

(162 resulted from a single count of individuals at the cement lined ponds below C.A.L.M.)

3
Great Blue Heron
6
Great Egret
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
1
Osprey
1
Cooper's Hawk
7
Red-shouldered Hawk
4
Red-tailed Hawk
7
Great Horned Owl
4
Belted Kingfisher
1
Red-breasted Sapsucker
4
Acorn Woodpecker
2
Downy Woodpecker
6
Nuttall's Woodpecker
23
Northern Flicker
1
American Kestrel
18
Black Phoebe
17
California Scrub-Jay
1
American Crow
8
Common Raven
55
Bushtit
2
White-breasted Nuthatch
9
House Wren
9
Marsh Wren
3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
34
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5
Varied Thrush
12
Hermit Thrush
40
American Robin
9
Northern Mockingbird
10
European Starling
17
Cedar Waxwing
1
Phainopepla
9
House Finch
213
American Goldfinch
1
Chipping Sparrow
1
Lark Sparrow
5
Fox Sparrow
1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
16
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
136
White-crowned Sparrow
27
Golden-crowned Sparrow
22
Song Sparrow
14
Lincoln's Sparrow
9
Spotted Towhee
9
Western Meadowlark
1
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Brewer's Blackbird
50
blackbird sp.
4
Orange-crowned Warbler
30
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
 

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