Leader: Bob Barnes, Photos by Ed Stonick, Checklist Summary by Chris Wills

This field trip was one of the more successful trips in the past several years — LAAS or any other birding group. The first several hours of the first day we hit target bird after target bird after target bird — quickly at that! That was incredible!!! --Bob Barnes

The Kern Valley/Southern Sierra trip was a huge success! We saw loads of birds and got many fine photographs.  Here are some for you to enjoy! --Ed Stonick

Landscape Kern River Valley, by Ed Stonick

LAAS Birding Group, by Ed Stonick

Troy Meadow, by Ed Stonick

BirdLog Checklist Summary for Jun 12, 2015 through Jun 15, 2015 (courtesy of Chris Wills)

Number of Checklists: 29
Number of Species: 145

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Kern River Preserve Headquarters
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 5:20 AM
(2): South Fork Valley--Paul's Place
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 8:10 AM
(3): Kern River Preserve--Fay Ranch Rd.
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 8:34 AM
(4): Chimney Peak Byway (KER Co.)
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 9:20 AM
(5): Chimney Peak Byway (TUL Co.)
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 10:15 AM
(6): Kern Plateau--Kennedy Meadows Rd. (TUL Co.)
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 12:00 PM
(7): Kern Plateau--Beach Meadows Rd. (FR 22S05)
--Troy Meadow and Campground
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 1:45 PM
(8): Canebrake Ecological Reserve
Date: Jun 12, 2015, 7:40 PM
(9): Kern River Preserve--Sierra Way
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 6:15 AM
(10): Lake Isabella
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 7:30 AM
(11): Sequoia NF--Mtn. 99 (mile 3.0-5.0)
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 8:50 AM
(12): Sequoia NF--Holey Meadow Campground
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 9:52 AM
(13): Sequoia NF--Trail of 100 Giants
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 12:40 PM
(14): Sequoia NF--Doublebunk Meadow Complex
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 2:35 PM
(15): 35.9632x-118.5672 - Jun 13, 2015, 3:15 PM
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 3:15 PM
(16): Kern River Preserve--Headquarters
Date: Jun 13, 2015, 4:59 PM
(17): Kern River Preserve--Headquarters
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 6:20 AM
(18): Lake Isabella--Paradise Cove
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 6:54 AM
(19): Lake Isabella--Main Dam Campground
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 7:38 AM
(20): Lake Isabella--Tillie Creek Campground
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 8:20 AM
(21): Lake Isabella--north fork
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 8:45 AM
(22): Skyline Drive, Wofford Heights
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 9:40 AM
(23): Greenhorn Mtns.--FS 25S17
(Greenhorn Summit West)
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 10:21 AM
(24): Piute Mtns.--Saddle Springs Rd. (27S02)
Date: Jun 14, 2015, 4:00 PM
(25): Greenhorn Mtns.--FS 25S17
(Greenhorn Summit West)
Date: Jun 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
(26): Greenhorn Mtns.--Rancheria Rd. (FS 25S15)
Date: Jun 15, 2015, 7:29 AM
(27): Cedar Creek Campground
Date: Jun 15, 2015, 9:00 AM
(28): Inyokern--South of Hwy 178
Date: Jun 15, 2015, 12:15 PM
(29): Desert Memorial Park
Date: Jun 15, 2015, 1:50 PM

NOTE: The number in the following before each species name is total number of detections (heard and/or seen) during this four day field trip. The number or numbers after the species name is the number of the specific location or locations where the species was detected and correspond to the numbers and locations listed above. Using Mallard for example - There were 26 Mallard detections during the trip. Those Mallards were detected at three locations - (1) Kern River Preserve Headquarters, (3) Kern River Preserve--Fay Ranch Road, and (9) Kern River Preserve--Sierra Way. Thank you to Chris Willis for working up the trip overall trip summary of 145 bird species detected using the BirdLog app.

LA Audubon group birding near Troy Meadow

Tree Swallow, by Ed Stonick

6 Mallard -- (1),(3),(9)
100 dabbling duck sp. -- (10)
1 Mountain Quail -- (26)
13 California Quail -- (1),(17),(28)
2 Western Grebe -- (18)
7 Clark's Grebe -- (18),(21)
210 Western/Clark's Grebe -- (10),(18)
2 Double-crested Cormorant -- (10)
91 American White Pelican -- (10),(21)
40 Great Blue Heron -- (10),(18),(21)
54 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(3),(11),(16),(17),(19),(21),(23)
5 Osprey -- (9),(21)
2 White-tailed Kite -- (21)
1 Golden Eagle -- (23)
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk -- (25)
2 Cooper's Hawk -- (20)
1 Northern Goshawk - quick flyby by John Schmitt definitively; glimpsed by Brenda Kuo & Phil Richardson
2 Bald Eagle -- (10),(18)
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (1)
20 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1),(3),(5),(7),(9),(11),(12),(14),(17),(19),(20),(23),(25)
1 Sora -- (7)
4 Killdeer -- (18),(21)
8 California Gull -- (18)
2 gull sp. -- (10)
1 Caspian Tern -- (10)
11 Band-tailed Pigeon -- (22),(25),(26)
22 Eurasian Collared-Dove -- (1),(3),(9),(16),(18),(28),(29)
28 Mourning Dove -- (1),(3),(4),(6),(9),(16),(26),(28),(29)
1 Greater Roadrunner -- (8)
1 Flammulated Owl -- heard by John Schmitt & Ed Stonick
1 Great Horned Owl -- 1 seen en route by John Schmitt
2 Long-eared Owl -- (29)
6 White-throated Swift -- (4),(5),(11),(24)
9 Black-chinned Hummingbird -- (1),(16)
10 Anna's Hummingbird -- (1),(16),(29)
2 Costa's Hummingbird -- (1),(2)
8 hummingbird sp. -- (9),(16),(17),(21),(24)
3 Acorn Woodpecker -- (11),(12),(19)
5 Red-breasted Sapsucker -- (7),(12),(13)
4 Nuttall's Woodpecker -- (1),(9),(17)
3 Downy Woodpecker -- (1),(17)
3 Hairy Woodpecker -- (1),(25)
5 White-headed Woodpecker -- (12),(23),(26)
5 Northern Flicker -- (1),(9),(14)
2 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) -- (7)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (25)
4 American Kestrel -- (3),(6),(9),(16)
1 Peregrine Falcon -- (24)
19 Western Wood-Pewee -- (1),(5),(7),(9),(11),(13),(23),(25)
1 Willow Flycatcher -- (1)
4 Dusky Flycatcher -- (7),(23),(25)
1 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher -- (13)
2 Pacific-slope Flycatcher -- (27)
10 Black Phoebe -- (1),(2),(9),(11),(16),(17)
4 Say's Phoebe -- (2),(18),(21),(29)
2 Vermilion Flycatcher -- (1)
9 Ash-throated Flycatcher -- (1),(3),(4),(5),(9),(11),(19)
1 Brown-crested Flycatcher -- (3)
9 Western Kingbird -- (1),(2),(3),(9),(11)
5 Loggerhead Shrike -- (4),(28)
1 Bell's Vireo -- (1)
1 Plumbeous Vireo -- (5)
3 Cassin's Vireo -- (12),(27)
7 Warbling Vireo -- (7),(12),(13),(27)
1 Pinyon Jay -- (6)
21 Steller's Jay -- (7),(12),(13),(14),(15),(23),(25),(26)
12 Western Scrub-Jay -- (1),(4),(5),(6),(11),(19),(22)
6 Clark's Nutcracker -- (7)
7 American Crow -- (1)
208 Common Raven -- (1),(2),(3),(7),(9),(11),(12),(13),(17),(18),(20),(21),(22),(23),(24),(25),(29)
4 Horned Lark -- (18)
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow -- (9)
34 Tree Swallow -- (1),(3),(9),(16),(17),(18),(19)
17 Cliff Swallow -- (11),(21)
14 Mountain Chickadee -- (7),(12),(13),(15),(23),(26)
5 Oak Titmouse -- (1),(5),(20)
16 Bushtit -- (11),(19),(20)
5 Red-breasted Nuthatch -- (12),(23),(25),(26)
8 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1),(5),(7),(11),(16)
5 Brown Creeper -- (12),(13),(23),(25)
10 Rock Wren -- (4),(9),(10),(19),(21)
26 House Wren -- (1),(9),(16),(25),(26)
2 Bewick's Wren -- (1)
4 Cactus Wren -- (3)
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher -- (5)
1 American Dipper -- (11)
12 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (12),(13),(23),(25)
1 Wrentit -- (11)
30 Western Bluebird -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(6),(9),(16),(19)
3 Mountain Bluebird -- (7)
2 Townsend's Solitaire -- (12),(25)
24 American Robin -- (1),(7),(9),(12),(13),(14),(23),(25),(26),(27)
1 California Thrasher -- (11)
2 Le Conte's Thrasher -- (28)
3 Northern Mockingbird -- (28)
55 European Starling -- (1),(2),(9),(18),(28)
2 Phainopepla -- (22)
1 Orange-crowned Warbler -- (11)
3 Nashville Warbler -- (11),(12),(23)
7 MacGillivray's Warbler -- (14),(23),(25),(26)
13 Common Yellowthroat -- (1),(9),(16),(21)
22 Yellow Warbler -- (1),(7),(9),(12),(13),(16)
8 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (7),(23),(25)
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) -- (14),(25)
3 Black-throated Gray Warbler -- (5),(27)
1 Hermit Warbler -- (12)
1 Wilson's Warbler -- (12)
6 Green-tailed Towhee -- (12),(23),(26)
10 Spotted Towhee -- (5),(11),(24)
1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow -- (22)
5 California Towhee -- (4),(11),(22),(24)
8 Chipping Sparrow -- (5),(7),(11),(14),(23)
2 Black-chinned Sparrow -- (24)
6 Lark Sparrow -- (3),(18),(22)
4 Black-throated Sparrow -- (4)
22 Bell's Sparrow -- (4),(24),(28)
10 Savannah Sparrow -- (1),(7),(9),(17)
7 Fox Sparrow -- (12),(15),(26)
10 Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) -- (7),(13),(23)
17 Song Sparrow -- (1),(7),(9),(14)
3 Lincoln's Sparrow -- (12),(13),(14)
2 White-crowned Sparrow (Mountain) -- (7)
50 Dark-eyed Junco -- (7),(12),(23),(25),(26),(27)
4 Summer Tanager -- (1)
15 Western Tanager -- (5),(7),(12),(13),(23),(25),(27)
13 Black-headed Grosbeak -- (1),(5),(11),(12),(22),(23),(25),(27)
8 Blue Grosbeak -- (1),(3),(9),(10),(18)
5 Lazuli Bunting -- (5),(9),(24),(25)
60 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(7),(9),(16),(17),(18)
4 Tricolored Blackbird -- (1),(16),(17)
5 Western Meadowlark -- (1),(9),(21)
7 Brewer's Blackbird -- (3),(7)
1 Great-tailed Grackle -- (21)
27 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (1),(9),(11),(12),(17)
1 Hooded Oriole -- (2)
14 Bullock's Oriole -- (1),(2),(9),(16),(17)
1 Scott's Oriole -- (4)
20 blackbird sp. -- (17)
12 House Finch -- (2),(4),(5),(9),(16),(18),(22)
6 Purple Finch -- (23),(27)
4 Cassin's Finch -- (7)
2 Pine Siskin -- (7)
16 Lesser Goldfinch -- (1),(5),(9),(16),(27)
16 Lawrence's Goldfinch -- (1),(5),(7),(9),(26)
23 House Sparrow -- (1),(2),(3),(18)

This trip summary was created by Chris Wills using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
See BirdLog for more information.

Kern River Preserve Barn, by Ed Stonick

Lazuli Bunting, by Ed Stonick

White-crowned Sparrows (Mountain), by Ed Stonick

Pileated Woodpecker, by Ed Stonick

These are but a sampling of the photos taken by Ed Stonick during this event. Please contact the editors if interested in contacting the photographer.


Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 6 July August 2015 (PDF)

 

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