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Checklist S7198425

 
Location
Kern River County Park, Kern County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
9 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
15.499 mile(s)
Observers:
Bob Barnes
Comments:
6:15am-3:45pm (walking 5.5 miles downriver from 7:15am-2:00pm, the rest birding by car over ten miles of road within Kern River County Park - Lake Ming unit and Hart Park unit, plus drive in between ... past C.A.L.M. and the Kern County Soccer Park).
Species
77 species (+2 other taxa) total
4
Snow/Ross's Goose
14
Canada Goose
8
Wood Duck
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 5
Female 3
Sex Unknown
1
American Wigeon
77
Mallard
4
Common Goldeneye
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 4
Sex Unknown
35
Common Merganser
1
Red-breasted Merganser

Continuing on Lake Ming for third day (Nov 30-Dec 2). Appeared to be a young male or male still in eclipse plumage as it had a lot of stippling on the chest and had large, long white patches running along the wing. Bill appeared thin and long (due to smaller head vs. Common Mergansers present where bills were diminished in perceive size due to comparison with large heads). Lack of neck-band surrounding white chin/throat patch on Common Mergansers, Light brownish head color noted vs. Reddish orange heads of Common Mergansers noted. Mostly stayed to itself. Did cross paths with Common Mergansers from time to time affording great comparisons.

4
Ruddy Duck
12
Pied-billed Grebe
3
Horned Grebe

Two reported on Lake Ming by Brenda Kyle and Ken Kyle for 11/29/10. Three were reported by Bob Barnes for the same location on 11/30/10. Three were reported by Mike McQuerrey 12/1/10. The three individuals observed today are assumed to be continuing birds. They looked like miniature Western Grebes with shorter necks proportional to body size. The thin blackish line on the back of the necks were apparent. The separation just below the eye of the dark upper part of the head and the white cheeks was clean and straight. the cheeks and forenecks were white. I perceived the bills of the Horned Grebes to be noticeably larger than the nearby Eared Grebes. The tops of the heads were flatter than the more rounded heads of the Eared Grebes. The cheeks of the Horned Grebes were noticeably puffed out vs. the flat or "hollow" Eared Grebe cheeks. While watching the three Horned Grebes, I thouhgt of Marlon Brando in the "Godfather" movie. It was reported that he wadded up facial tissues and put them in his cheeks to make them puff out. I can't remember why. But, if you remember Marlon Brando in that movie, you know what I mean.

2
Eared Grebe
5
Western Grebe
2
Eurasian Collared-Dove
22
Mourning Dove
6
Anna's Hummingbird
500
American Coot (Red-shielded)
1
Killdeer
1
Spotted Sandpiper
1
California Gull
1
Common Loon

One Common Loon was found by Brenda Kyle and Ken Kyle on Lake Ming on 11/29/10. They subsequently found two individuals on 11/30/10. At least one continued this day - 12/2/10.

175
Double-crested Cormorant

Single group on cement divider of two holding ponds below C.A.L.M. (California Living Museum) and just east of the Kern County Soccer Park.

2
Great Blue Heron
14
Great Egret
7
Snowy Egret
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1
Turkey Vulture
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1
Cooper's Hawk
1
Red-shouldered Hawk
4
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Great Horned Owl
3
Belted Kingfisher
1
Red-breasted Sapsucker

Appeared to be the expected "Daggetti" subspecies.

6
Acorn Woodpecker
5
Nuttall's Woodpecker
22
Northern Flicker
3
American Kestrel
3
Rose-ringed Parakeet
1
Empidonax sp.

In riparian habitat between Lake Ming and Kern River. While stopped to check some sparrows I rather quickly heard single "whit" call repeated several times over a minute or so. I immediately thought Empidonax flycatcher; specifically those which are known to me to give "whit" calls - Willow, Dusky, and Gray. I dismissed Willow as being the most unlikely the first week in December. The "whit" calling stopped before I saw the whitting bird. At that point, I left it at a possible Empidonax. Less than 100' to the west, I took a trail down toward the river and saw a bird across a small wet meadow in front of me. I immediately saw that it was a silent Empidonax flycatcher which I was able to view for a matter of seconds before it flew straght off into the woods. It had quite bright yellow underparts and the upperside of the head and back was a warm greenish brown. Two white wingbars and a prominent eye-ring were noted during the brief observation. Assuming this was the bird giving the "whit" call c. 5 minute prior, my best guess would be a Dusky Flycatcher. But, I would want a lingering look to be sure.

31
Black Phoebe
1
Say's Phoebe
27
California Scrub-Jay
3
American Crow
14
Common Raven
44
Bushtit
1
Red-breasted Nuthatch

In picnic area on the bluff above the west end of Lake Ming and just east and above the Kern River Campground.

11
House Wren
4
Bewick's Wren
2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Riparian habitat alongside Kern River Between Kern River Group picnic Area and Lake Ming.

31
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
18
Western Bluebird
3
Hermit Thrush
66
American Robin
2
California Thrasher
22
Northern Mockingbird
40
European Starling
4
Cedar Waxwing
1
Phainopepla
40
House Finch
5
Lesser Goldfinch
73
American Goldfinch
3
Chipping Sparrow

Kern River Group Picnic Area located east of Lake Ming.

2
Lark Sparrow
71
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
166
White-crowned Sparrow
10
Golden-crowned Sparrow
8
Song Sparrow
4
Lincoln's Sparrow
6
Spotted Towhee
2
Western Meadowlark
10
Red-winged Blackbird
12
Brown-headed Cowbird
70
Brewer's Blackbird
3
Great-tailed Grackle
11
Orange-crowned Warbler

Several of these were at the Kern River Group Picnic Area.

2
Common Yellowthroat

The first was observed between Lake Ming and the Kern River. The second was observed just inside the east entrance to Hart Park.

73
Yellow-rumped Warbler
2
House Sparrow
 

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

Yes