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Checklist S34968490

 
Location
California City Central Park, Kern County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri May 17, 1985 6:45 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
5 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
3.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Mark Chichester
Species
56 species total
2
Cinnamon Teal

sewer pond

1
Northern Shoveler

male at sewer pond

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
8
Mallard

sewer pond

9
Ruddy Duck

ducklings observed

Breeding Code
FL Recently Fledged Young (Confirmed)
2
Pied-billed Grebe
6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
25
Mourning Dove
1
Black-chinned Hummingbird
3
Anna's Hummingbird
2
Costa's Hummingbird
1
Sora
1
Common Gallinule
35
American Coot
3
Black-necked Stilt

sewer pond

6
American Avocet

sewer pond

35
Killdeer
11
Spotted Sandpiper
2
Great Blue Heron
6
Black-crowned Night-Heron

roosting in trees near the fire station

2
Olive-sided Flycatcher
14
Western Wood-Pewee
1
Willow Flycatcher
2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
1
Ash-throated Flycatcher
14
Western Kingbird
1
Loggerhead Shrike
2
Cassin's Vireo
5
Warbling Vireo
1
Common Raven
1
Barn Swallow
1
Cliff Swallow

sewer pond

19
Swainson's Thrush
2
American Robin
30
European Starling
12
Cedar Waxwing
2
Phainopepla
60
House Finch
9
Red Crossbill
4
Lesser Goldfinch
80
Yellow-headed Blackbird
X
Western Meadowlark

heard

5
Bullock's Oriole
9
Brown-headed Cowbird
4
Brewer's Blackbird
8
Great-tailed Grackle
1
Orange-crowned Warbler
4
MacGillivray's Warbler
1
Cerulean Warbler

JCW and I were birding the Top-of-the-Park when we heard an unusual song from the top of a distant pine tree. We exchanged guesses about what the song might be as a white-throated bird flashed to a nearby pine. A few moments later we spied this superb vagrant singing and foraging throughout the tops of all the pines on the hill. The bird was an adult male - observed for most of a half-hour between 9:30 and 10am. He was a small bird showing an extremely short tail - almost nuthatch-like and a largish black bill. Under parts of the bird were largely pure white. The chin and throat area extended around the side of the neck to a point behind the auriculars. A black necklace and flank streaks were the only marks on the under parts. The white under tail coverts were long - threrby creating the short-tail look. In flight, white tail spots could be seen in the tail when viewed from below. Above, the bird was overall a blue-gray with two bold white wing bars. The head was a beautiful blue color with a dark eye line and a couple pale, blue short lines above the eye. Faint black streaks were on the back. The alula feathers were distinctly black at the bend of the wing. The bird vocalized frequently. The song was buzzy and burry in quality, and quite rapid. Some songs started low, rose, then fell at the end. Other stayed on one pitch then ended with an emphatic zzzzip - a short excited trill.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
20
Yellow Warbler
2
Yellow-rumped Warbler
3
Townsend's Warbler
1
Hermit Warbler

female with no streaks on the back

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
80
Wilson's Warbler
17
Western Tanager
5
Black-headed Grosbeak
60
House Sparrow
 

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