Birds of Kern County, California: A photo checklist

The current county tally of birds is 437 native species (NIB) plus 8 accepted introduced species (5 additional unaccepted exotics), (+1 more if you count California Condor as introduced) bringing the official total to 445 accepted species. The list is current with The A.O.U. (American Ornithologist's Union) Check-list of North American Birds, Seventh Edition, (July 2014 update) listing order and nomenclature. The list represents records of resident, migrant, visitant, and vagrant species. Habitats are extremely varied within the county and include: great basin, wetland, desert, montane, riparian, chaparral, and grassland habitats. Very few species have been recorded in every habitat. What is extremely common in one county location may be unheard of or exceptional in another. These birds have been documented over the past 150 years.

Click here for a simple checklist to print and use in the field.

Pine Warbler is Kern's 437th native species discovered by Pine Warbler found by Tom Benson, Matt Grube, David Rankin, and Brad Singer on 8 November 2014 at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest. Ken & Brenda Kyle discovered the 436th native species for Kern a Red-faced Warbler on 7 October 2014 at Galileo Hill. The 435th native species accepted for Kern came out of left field, apparently a sighting of a Green Violetear photographed by Steven W. Cardiff between July 30 and August 1, 1977 was re-reviewed by the CBRC and accepted in 2005 after a photograph was produced. The sighting in Rare Birds of California ascribes the record to Iris Meadow in Ventura County but this meadow is in both counties. The AOU provided Kern with its 434th native species by splitting the Sage Sparrow into two species. Sage Sparrow becomes Bell's Sparrow - Artemisiospiza belli which breeds in Kern and Sagebrush Sparrow - Artemisiospiza nevadensis which migrates through and possibly winters in Kern County. On May 5, 2013, Bob Barnes found Kern's 433rd species with the sighting of Grace's Warbler at Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest. On May 7, 2011, Susan Steele discovered the 431st NIB bird with a female Pyrrhuloxia in the Kern desert. In the summer of 2009, Jon Feenstra's pair of Black-tailed Gnatcatchers breeding southeastern Kern made the 430th NIB county record. Susan Steele found a Lesser Black-backed Gull, the 429th species on December 21st, 2008, at Buena Vista Lake. Susan & Bob Steele found the 428th county bird, Common Black Hawk, at Galileo Hill on 27 April 2008. Bill Foster observed the 427th NIB species, Crested Caracara, in March 2008. Susan and Bob Steele's discovery of an Arctic Warbler in September 2007 and a Hudsonian Godwit in June 2007 and Wood Sandpiper in May 2007 added the 426th, 425th, and 424th NIB species respectively to the list. Ryan Terrill's sighting of an Upland Sandpiper* added the 422nd and Tom Wurster's sighting of a Yellow-footed Gull added the 422nd NIB species to the list. The split of Canada Goose and Cackling Goose added the 421st NIB species to the list in July 2004.

CBRC species that are accepted such as Chukar (which is bred and released for hunters regularly) and others that are not accepted as in Rose-ringed Parakeet makes the whole idea of accepting some introduced species and not others which fulfill every criteria a bothersome quandary. I include species that are subject to verification as to their origin and introduced species that do not appear on the Western Field Ornithologists' official California list (eg. psittacids) because these records are important in tracking origins of potentially naturalized species. Some rarities found are reviewed by the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC). All birds appearing in bold italics with an asterisk * are California Review Species by the CBRC. Italicized birds with an asterisk * are exceptional rare visitants or vagrants (this was originally done with John Wilson's and Mike Feighner's assistance), any corrections from KC birders or CBRC reviewers are welcome.

Any birds not appearing on this list or that have an asterisk need to be documented and sent to the CBRC and to Kelli Levinson Kern County's compiler for American Birds. Please send a cc to NatureAli. Although, I have been lambasted by elitist birders for including "not credible" species, I made an executive decision to add certain species that are most assuredly captive escapes/releases but deserve mention to give readers an understanding of how such a species could occur, eg. Harris's Hawk. The Trumpeter Swan is problematic, Grinnell & Miller list it in the Birds of California, but it is a weak sighting, a possible sighting in Dec. 2003 had me put it on the list. All young swans should be carefully documented as range expansion for this sensitive species is occurring. See Kern Introduced Species for others not included on this list such as some of the parrots and other single incident cage birds.

Susan Steele, Bob Barnes, and Ken & Brenda Kyle are key players in the publicizing new and rare species, without their keen observations this list would languish. The original list is a compilation of many birders list's. Information was compiled using David Blue's list from March of 1997, Rick Saval's Kern County Birds, Birds of the Kern River Parkway, Birds of Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Birds of the Kern River Valley, and Birds of Indian Wells Valley. Updates are found by reviewing the AOU supplements, from John Wilson's Field Notes for American Birds, information provided to me by area birders: Bob Barnes, Mike Feighner, Gary File, Barbara Mansfield, Michael McQuerrey, Bob & Susan Steele, John Sterling, Mary Beth Stowe, John Wilson and others, from information gleaned from CalBird and Kern County Birding, and from my own field notes. I have been slowly adding the status and distribution of the species, please be patient as I do this in my SPARE time. For questions or corrections please contact Alison Sheehey by phone or Email

Exceptionally devoted birders can reach 300 birds and up. No county birder has seen all of the listed species within the borders of Kern County (although Matt Heindel comes darn close!). Enjoy birding Kern County. 

All thumbnails except those cited otherwise are taken by Alison Sheehey © (available as larger images), if there is not an image it generally means that would be a life bird for me or life photograph, email me if you see something in the field that I need to photograph. These images are taken all over the country, but each bird has been documented in Kern. For fantastic bird and butterfly photos of most of these species check out Bob Steele's website. http://www.bobsteelephoto.com.

 

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck*

Dendrocygna autumnalis

BV Lake One sighting only: 19 June 1938
 

Fulvous Whistling-Duck *

Dendrocygna bicolor

KNWR

exceptional

16 May 1986, California City

20 Aug 1988, Edwards AFB

Every few winters a few are killed by hunters at Kern National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Greater White-fronted Goose

Anser albifrons

lakes, marshes rivers

Uncommon winter. Easily confused with the domestic graylag goose.

Notice the black speckling on the belly.

A decent population of these birds winters At Kern National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens

lakes, marshes rivers

Uncommon winter visitor to the Southern Valley. Several thousand winter in the Mojave desert especially Ridgecrest around Jackson Park. One or two are resident at California City Park.

 

Ross's Goose

Chen rossii

lakes, marshes rivers

uncommon winter resident of the southern valley. Hundreds of these are found mixed with Snow geese in the desert.

Some birds are resident at California City Park.

 

Brant *

Branta bernicla

marshes

Spring vagrant in the desert

 

Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii

lakes the small races of Canada Goose familiar to those in the central valley were split in the summer of 2004. Found most commonly in winter. One is resident at California City Park.
 

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

lakes, marshes rivers

winter visitor to the county. Small flocks now permanently residing at Buena Vista Lake, Lake Ming, and Kern Water Agency HQ

 

Trumpeter Swan*

Cygnus buccinator

lakes NOT ON OFFICIAL LIST

Buena Vista Lake 10 1893 in Grinnell & Miller. 1X only

Questionable sighting but one was found just south of Kern In Los Angeles County in 2013.

 

Tundra Swan

Cygnus columbianus

lakes, rivers

rare migrant and winter visitant

  Domestic Muscovy Duck (I)

Cairina moschata

  NOT ON OFFICIAL LIST AS ESTABLISHED

Introduced population at Hart Park and other parks around county.

 

 

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

lakes and rivers

uncommon resident only because of its habits. Shy and retiring find the wood duck near cover. Nests along the Kern River from South Fork to Buena Vista. Common now at Hart Lake in Bakersfield.

 

Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata

 

lakes and rivers

NOT ON OFFICIAL LIST

 

occasional escapee seen in the county - not established

 

 

Gadwall

Anas strepera

 

 

 

Eurasian Wigeon *

Anas penelope

 

rare

 

American Wigeon

Anas americana

shallow lakes and ponds

uncommon to common in central valley lakes and marshes

 

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

lakes and ponds, canals, rivers

abundant resident found in ponds and watercourses throughout the county. Mixed populations of domestic and wild ducks common.

 

Blue-winged Teal

Anas discors

lakes and shallow ponds

found in desert oases and at Kern National Wildlife refuge, uncommon but hard to tell difference in eclipse plumage from Cinnamon Teal. Found at Kern Sanitation Authority ponds  off Oswell St. in Bakersfield.

 

Cinnamon Teal

Anas cyanoptera

shallow waters of lakes and ponds

year-round nesting resident, common in appropriate habitat.

 

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler - drake

Anas clypeata

 

 

 

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

 

 

 

 

Garganey *

Anas querquedula

 

30 Sept 1990, Cantil

28 Sept-1 Oct 1995, Cantil, Matt Heindel

 

Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

 

 

 

Canvasback

Aythya valisineria

 

 

 

Redhead

Aythya americana

 

 

 

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

 

 

 

Tufted Duck *

Aythya fuligula

 

15 Jan 1980, Cuddy Valley

17-18 Jan 1993, Lake Isabella

23 Jan-7 Feb 1998, Bakersfield

 

Greater Scaup *

Aythya marila

 

 

 

Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

 

 

 

Surf Scoter *

Melanitta perspicillata

 

 

 

White-winged Scoter *

Melanitta fusca

 

 

 

Long-tailed Duck *

Clangula hyemalis

 

8 Dec 1900, Cantil

1-28 Nov 1991, China Lake
 

 

Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

 

 

 

Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

lakes rivers

uncommon winter resident

 

Barrow's Goldeneye *

Bucephala islandica

lakes

exceptional vagrant

19 Dec 1992, Cantil

1 Jan 2012 - 4 Feb 2012, Lake Isabella

 

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

lakes and ponds, canals, rivers

uncommon winter resident found in ponds and watercourses with cover

 

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser

deep water lakes, rivers, canals

uncommon breeding resident very common in winter

 

Red-breasted Merganser *

Mergus serrator

deep water lakes

rare visitor during winter

 

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

lakes ponds breeding resident common in shallow lakes and ponds
 

Mountain Quail

Oreortyx pictus

montane, desert facing canyons

relatively common but seldom seen in the mountains.

Look for birds in the conifer forest and deserts

 

California Quail

Callipepla californica

grassland, shrubland, woodland, riparian

California's state bird is common in its habitat. Listen for its "Chi- CA-go" call.

 

Gambel's Quail (I)

Callipepla gambelii

desert near permanent water sources

This species has been introduced to some areas of  Kern, but they occur naturally in the NW Mojave desert around China Lake.

 

Chukar (I)

Alectoris chukar

grassland, desert, oak woodland, near water sources

Introduced from Calcutta, India in 1932. Continuous restocking make this species a tough one to count, as a wild bird.

 

Ring-necked Pheasant (I)

Phasianus colchicus

grassland, shrubland, marshes, grain fields

introductions of these Chinese birds began in 1889 by fish & game. there are some good size flocks around the county where hunting is restricted

 

Indian Peafowl (I)

Common Peafowl

Pavo cristatus

  NOT ON OFFICIAL LIST AS ESTABLISHED

A flock of peafowl are breeding at Hart Park in Bakersfield, these are related to the birds at the old zoo.

 

Sooty Grouse

Dendragapus fuliginosus

Sooty Grouse

montane

extremely rare now due to hunting pressure. May soon be extinct within county as only one flock determined to still exist.

 

Wild Turkey (I)

Meleagris gallopavo

Wild Turkey

montane, grassland, marsh, riparian, woodland

This species is continually released for the benefit of hunters. It is an eastern North American species.

 

Red-throated Loon *

Gavia stellata

 

Lake Isabella

22 Oct 1995, Edwards AFB

fall, winter exceptional Lake Isabella

 

Pacific Loon

Gavia pacifica

mountain, desert lakes

very rare fall through spring

 

Common Loon   

Gavia immer

California species of concern

mountain, valley lakes, recharge areas, aqueduct

uncommon Sept. thru May

 

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

countywide lakes, rivers, marshes, wetlands.

common, resident nesting.

 

Horned Grebe *

Podiceps auritus

countywide lakes

rare fall thru spring

 

Red-necked Grebe *

Podiceps grisegena

mountain lakes

exceptional

13-19 Nov 1993, Lake Isabella

26 Nov 1994, Lake Isabella

Buena Vista Lake 2007
 

 

Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

Eared Grebe

countywide, lakes, marshes, wetlands

common to uncommon year-round in appropriate habitat

 

Western Grebe

Aechmophorus occidentalis

countywide, lakes

abundant to common in appropriate habitat, nesting

 

Clark's Grebe

Clark's Grebe

Aechmophorus clarkii

countywide, lakes

common to uncommon in appropriate habitat, nesting

 

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

California species of concern

countywide, lakes, marshes, waste water treatment areas

uncommon to common

 

Brown Pelican *

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

federally endangered

California endangered

desert, mountain, lakes

exceptional

21 Aug 1991, China Lake NWS

23-25 Aug 1990, China Lake NWS
 

 

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

California species of concern

countywide lakes, rivers

common winter, fall, spring, uncommon summer

 

Magnificent Frigatebird *Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens

Lake Isabella

exceptional

5 Aug 1980, Mt Pinos

fall 1977, Lake Isabella
 

 

American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus

California sensitive species

An uncommon resident in the San Joaquin Valley, Kern Valley and Mojave Desert.

Prefers cattail / tule marshes. Breeding at Kern National Wildlife Refuge and unconfirmed in the Kern Valley.

 

Least Bittern *

Ixobrychus exilis

California species of concern

Formerly bred in the Kern Valley but no recent records.

Extremely shy and very rarely seen.  Prefers cattail / tule marshes in the valleys, few records for the Kern desert but there are breeding records to the north in Inyo County.

 

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

California sensitive species

A breeding resident throughout the county.

Great Blue Herons nest in trees in communal rookeries. Relatively common in appropriate habitat year round.

 

Great Egret

Ardea alba

California sensitive species

Breeding is not confirmed but suspected at the City of Bakersfield 2800-acre recharge basin.

Common along the Kern River especially in winter and spring. Found in varying numbers throughout the county.

 

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

A rare breeder in the San Joaquin Valley.

Frequents open cottonwood/willow forests, and cattail / tule marshes. Fairly common in the Tulare and Kern River Basins. Uncommon to rare in the Kern Valley and the desert.

 

Little Blue Heron *

Egretta caerulea

Only observed 3X in county at Edwards Air Force Base and California City

exceptional vagrant

10 May 1991, California City

19-22 Dec 1992, California City

 

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

A breeding resident in the San Joaquin Valley.

Prefers rather stinky places like sewer ponds and feedlots. Very common at landfills and sewer ponds in the Bakersfield area. Less common to rare in rest of the county.

 

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

A breeding resident in the San Joaquin Valley, Kern Valley and Mojave Desert. Prefers the edges and underbrush along streams and in marshes.

A shy and inconspicuous bird that is uncommon in appropriate habitat in the valleys, and rare in the desert. countywide, tule marshes, vegetated canals

 

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

A breeding resident in the San Joaquin Valley, Kern Valley and Mojave Desert. countywide, parks, rivers, lakes, marshes

Prefers cattail / tule marshes. Relatively abundant to common in appropriate habitat in the valleys, less common to rare in the desert.

 

White-faced Ibis

Plegadis chihi

Federal species of concern

California species of concern

countywide, marshes, ponds

uncommon nesting

 

Roseate Spoonbill *

Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

valley, marshes

exceptional

24 Sep - 2 Oct 1966, Buttonwillow
 

 

Wood Stork *

Wood Stork

Mycteria americana

valley, marshes

exceptional

11 May 1922, Buena Vista
 

 

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

countywide, all habitats

uncommon nesting common migrant, split migration routes through Kern Valley and Tehachapi via Bakersfield

 

California Condor

California Condor

Gymnogyps californianus

Federal endangered species

California endangered species

Tehachapis, Greenhorn Mountains

reintroduced population

see Don Roberson's page about countability

 

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

 

Resident along canals and at Isabella Reservoir

 

White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus

 

Resident in riparian areas with extreme variability in populations from year to year

 

Mississippi Kite *

Ictinia mississippiensis

 

5 Jun 1992, Kern River Preserve
 

 

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

 

 

 

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

 

 

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

 

 

 

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

 

 

 

Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis

 

 

  Common Black Hawk *

Buteogallus anthracinus

Lakes stocked with fish Bob & Susan Steele found on 27 April 2008 at Galileo Hill
 

Harris's Hawk *(I)

Parabuteo unicinctus

seen in Kern River Valley and northern Mojave 5 March 2001, California City
 
 

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus

 

 

 

Broad-winged Hawk *

Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus

 

2 Oct 1983, Cantil

8 May 1988, Cantil

24 Sept 1999, Galileo Hill

 

Swainson's Hawk

Buteo swainsoni

 

 

 

Zone-tailed Hawk *

Buteo albonotatus

 

3 Oct 1994, Kelso Valley

26 May 1994, California City

 

 

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

 

 

 

Ferruginous Hawk

Buteo regalis

 

 

 

Rough-legged Hawk

Buteo lagopus

 

 

 

Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

 

 

 

Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

marshes

 

 

Sora

Porzana carolina

marshes

 

 

Common Gallinule

Common Moorhen

Gallinula galeata

 

 

 

American Coot

Fulica americana

 

 

 

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

Lesser Sandhill Crane - state species of concern

G. c. canadensis

(Linnaeus)

Greater Sandhill Crane - state threatened species

G. c. tabida

(Peters)

marshes, grassland, irrigated pasture, agricultural fields

rare and local in winter. Just to the north in Tulare County at Pixley Refuge, thousands can easily be seen from November through February.

 

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Himantopus mexicanus

 

 

 

American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana

 

 

 

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

 

 

 

American Golden-Plover *

Pluvialis dominica

 

 

10 fall records

3 one day records one per year 2005-2007. Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake Naval Weapons Center

 

Pacific Golden-Plover *

Pluvialis fulva

 

31 Aug-2 Sep 1990, Kern NWR vicinity
 

23 May 2011, Ridgecrest

 

Snowy Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus

 

 

 

Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus

 

 

 

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus

 

 

 

 

Mountain Plover

Charadrius montanus

 

 

 

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

 

 

 

 

Solitary Sandpiper

Tringa solitaria

 

 

 

Wandering Tattler *

Tringa incana

 

 

4 Jun 1993, China Lake

6 May 1998, Edwards AFB

 

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca

 

 

 

Willet

Tringa semipalmata

 


 

 

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

 

 

  Wood Sandpiper *

Tringa glareola

  Susan Steele - China Lake 23 May 2007
  Upland Sandpiper *

Bartramia longicauda

  Ryan Terrill - Galileo - 4 Jun 2006
 

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

 

 

 

Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus

 

 

  Hudsonian Godwit

Limosa haemastica

  Susan Steele - China Lake 7-8 Jun 2007
 

Marbled Godwit

Limosa fedoa

 

 

 

Ruddy Turnstone *

Arenaria interpres

 

28 Apr-12 May (9 records)

14 July to 8 Sept (16 fall records)

 

Black Turnstone *

Black Turnstone

Arenaria melanocephala

 

29 May 1988, China Lake

1-2 Sept 1996, Edwards AFB

 

Red Knot *

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

 

Very rare fall migrant

 

Sanderling

Calidris alba

 

 

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla

 

 

 

 

Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri

 

 

  Red-necked Stint *

Calidris ruficollis

  Susan Steele - China Lake 13 June 2005
 

Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

 

 

 

White-rumped Sandpiper *

Calidris fuscicollis 

 

3 records from China  Lake, late May 2000, 2007, 2009 one fall record 15 Aug 2006

 

Baird's Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii

 

 

 

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

 

 

 

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper *

Calidris acuminata

 

 

8-10 Apr 1984, Kern NWR
 

 

Dunlin

Dunlin

Calidris alpina

   
  Curlew Sandpiper *

Calidris ferruginea

 

24 July 2001, South Base Ponds - Edward's Air Force Base
 

 

Stilt Sandpiper

Calidris himantopus

 

 

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper *

Calidris subruficollis

 

 

 

Ruff *

Calidris pugnax

 

 

 

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus 

 

 

 

Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus

 

 

 

Wilson's Snipe

Gallinago delicata

 

 

 

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope

Phalaropus tricolor

 

 

 

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

 

 

 

Red Phalarope *

Red Phalarope

Phalaropus fulicarius

 

 

 

Pomarine Jaeger *

Stercorarius pomarinus

 

2 Sept 1989, China Lake

 

 

Parasitic Jaeger *

Stercorarius parasiticus

 

19-22 Sept 1989, China Lake
 

 

Long-tailed Jaeger *

Stercorarius longicaudus

 

23-Aug-94 China Lake

 

Black-legged Kittiwake *

Rissa tridactyla

 

11 Dec 1987, Inyokern
 

 

Sabine's Gull

Xema sabini

 

 

 

Bonaparte's Gull

Chroicocephalus philadelphia

 

 

 

Little Gull *

Hydrocoloeus minutus

 

4-6 May 1996, China Lake NWR

29 Aug 1997,  China Lake NWR, 19 Apr 1999, China Lake NWR

29 Aug 2011, China Lake NWR

 

Laughing Gull *

Leucophaeus atricilla

 

19 July 1997, Edwards AFB
 

 

Franklin's Gull

Leucophaeus pipixcan

 

 

 

Heermann's Gull *

Larus heermanni

 

16 Jun 1990, 10-11 May 1997, 29 Oct 1994, 7 Oct 1995, Edwards AFB
 

 

Mew Gull *

Mew Gull

Larus canus

 

10 Oct 1992, Cantil, 30 Oct 1999, Edwards
 

 

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

 

 

 

Western Gull *

Larus occidentalis

 

Exceptional visitor to Kern. This common coastal gull is truly a sea gull as it rarely ventures inland.

17 Apr 1988, Edwards
 

 

Yellow-footed Gull*

Larus livens

  April 2006 Tom Werster, China Lake
 

California Gull

Larus californicus

 

 

 

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

 

 

 

Thayer's Gull *

Larus thayeri

 

26 May 1998, China Lake
 

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull *

Larus fuscus

 

Susan Steele 21 Dec 2008 BV Lake

 

Glaucous-winged Gull *

Larus glaucescens

 

 

 

Glaucous Gull *

Larus hyperboreus

 

19 Dec 1998, Arvin
2011, Arvin

 

Least Tern *

Least Tern

Sternula antillarum

 

12 May - 23 Jun, 8 records in Kern desert
 

 

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

 

 

 

Black Tern

Chlidonias niger

 

 

 

Common Tern *

Sterna hirundo

 

 

 

Arctic Tern *

Sterna paradisaea

 

June records at both  China Lake NWS and Edwards AFB
 

 

Forster's Tern

Sterna forsteri

 

 

 

Black Skimmer *

Rynchops niger

 

28 Jul 1990, China Lake
 

 

Rock Pigeon (I)

Columba livia

nests on buildings in cities and farms

common to abundant. Introduced with European colonization of county.

 

Band-tailed Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Patagioenas fasciata

 

 

  African Collared-Dove - nee Ringed-turtle Dove (I)African Collared-Dove

Streptopelia roseogrisea (S. risoria)

 

small populations in Shafter and Bakersfield escapes and deliberate releases by breeders. rare

NOT ON OFFICIAL LIST AS ESTABLISHED

  Oriental Turtle-Dove (I) Streptopelia orientalis   NOT ON OFFICIAL LIST AS ESTABLISHED
 

Eurasian Collared-Dove * (I)

Streptopelia decaocto

breeding population reported in SW Bakersfield Introduced in 1990's. several sightings in eastern Kern.
 

Spotted Dove (I)

Streptopelia chinensis

Bakersfield resident - successfully naturalized

Species first reported in Los Angeles prior to 1917. Unknown when establish in Kern, suspect early 60's. Uncommon and declining

 

Inca Dove *

Columbina inca

 

rare visitant - several years in Inyokern

12 May 1996, Mojave

10 Oct 1999, California City
 

 

Common Ground-Dove *

Columbina passerina

citrus orchards, Central Valley

uncommon

 

Ruddy Ground-Dove *

Columbina talpacoti

 

6-15 Nov 1996, Ridgecrest

21 Oct 1999, Galileo Hill

20-21 Oct 2001, Galileo Hill

 

White-winged Dove

Zenaida asiatica

towns and oases in desert. Kern Valley records in Wofford Heights and Onyx

rare vagrant

 

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Urban, rural, orchards

common to abundant resident

 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus

summer resident in Kern Valley - breeds in riparian forest

June through August only

 

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

desert areas throughout county

uncommon and local

 

Groove-billed Ani *

Crotophaga sulcirostris

 

14-15 Oct 1988, Galileo
 

 

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

barns, rock cavities, tree cavities, palm tress

common near water and open areas with trees or buildings nearby

 

Flammulated Owl *

Otus flammeolus

montane

summer only

 

Western Screech-Owl

Western Screech Owl

Megascops kennicottii

oak woodlands, riparian areas

uncommon

 

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

riparian areas, suburban, palm trees

common to abundant

 

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium gnoma

oak woodlands

 

 

Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

grasslands

 

 

Spotted Owl

Strix occidentalis

montane

 

 

Long-eared Owl

Asio otus

riparian areas and pine trees in deserts.

These birds breed in Ridgecrest and can be found on occasion in the mountains and deserts of the county.

 

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

 

Winter resident in desert scrub

 

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Aegolius acadicus

 

Resident in conifer woodland

 

Lesser Nighthawk

Chordeiles acutipennis

 

 

 

Common Nighthawk *

Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor

 

uncommon

 

Common Poorwill

Phalaenoptilus nuttallii

 

Summer residnet in foothills to mountains

 

Black Swift *

Cypseloides niger

 

uncommon summer resident nesting under waterfalls

 

Chimney Swift *

Chaetura pelagica

 

11 May 1990, Cantil

5 Jun 1993, Cantil

25 May 1997, California City
 

 

Vaux's Swift

Chaetura vauxi

 

 

Spring and fall migrant

 

White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis

 

 

Resident in mountains and canyons near rocky areas

  Green Violetear* Colibri thalassinus   30 July-1 August 1977 - Steven W. Cardiff, Iris Meadow, Mt. Pinos
 

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

 

Summer resident in county

 

Anna's Hummingbird

Calypte anna

 

Resident throughout county

 

Costa's Hummingbird

Calypte costae

 

Resident in desert habitats

 

Calliope Hummingbird

Selasphorus calliope

Calliope Hummingbird

 

Summer breeder in mountains

 

Broad-tailed Hummingbird *

Selasphorus platycercus

 

exceptional  11 May 1986, California City

May 1991, California City nesting female

4 Jun 1999, Jawbone Canyon
 

 

Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus

 

Spring and Fall Migrant

 

Allen's Hummingbird *

Allen's Hummingbird

Selasphorus sasin

 

Rare spring and fall migrant

 

Broad-billed Hummingbird *

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Cynanthus latirostris

 

18 Apr 1982, Short Canyon

1-2 Oct 1997, Weldon

26-31 Oct 2005, Inyokern

 

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

 

Resident along lakes and rivers

 

Lewis's Woodpecker

Melanerpes lewis

 

Rare resident in oak woodlands

 

Acorn Woodpecker

Melanerpes formicivorus

 

Resident in oak to conifer forests in foothills to mountains

 

Williamson's Sapsucker

Williamson's Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus thyroideus

Williamson's Sapsucker

 

Rare resident breeder in mountains. Winter visitor to pine woodlands

 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker *

Sphyrapicus varius

 

rare winter visitor to pine/oak woodlands

 

Red-naped Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus nuchalis

 

Winter visitor to oak and pine woodlands.

 

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber

 

Breeds in mountains along willow canyons and winter resident in exotic pines and live oaks

 

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Picoides scalaris

 

Resident in Joshua tree woodlands

 

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Picoides nuttallii

 

Resident breeder in oak woodlands and riparian forests.

 

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker - male

Picoides pubescens

 

Resident breeder in valley and mountain locales.

 

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

 

Resident breeder in valley and mountain locales.

 

White-headed Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

Picoides albolarvatus

 

Resident breeder in mountains. Valley visitor in winter

 

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

 

Resident

 

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

 

Rare resident in Greenhorn Mountains

 

Crested Caracara*

Caracara cheriwayCrested Caracara

grassland - riparian forest

Exceptional vagrant

Bill Foster - 25 March 2008 - Kern River Preserve

 

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

 

Resident

 

Merlin

Falco columbarius

 

Winter resident

 

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

 

Resident

 

Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus

 

Resident

 

Rose-ringed Parakeet (I)

Psittacula krameri

over 3,000 birds throughout Bakersfield

ESCAPEE in late 1970's - well established as a naturalized population

 

NOT ON OFFICIAL LIST AS ESTABLISHED - THIS IS AN ERROR THAT NEEDS TO BE RECTIFIED

 

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Contopus cooperi

 

Breeds inconifer forests

 

Western Wood-Pewee

Contopus sordidulus

 

Common in summer and during migration.  Breeds in at the Kern River Preserve and the local conifer forests in the Mountains.

 

Eastern Wood-Pewee *

Contopus virens

 

Exceptional vagrant

10 Jun 1998, Galileo Hill Park

27 Jun - 9 Jul 1998, South Fork Wildlife Area

 

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher *

Empidonax flaviventris

 

3 Oct 2004, Galileo Hill

11 Sept 1996, Galileo Hill

7 Sept 1998, California City

21 Sept 1997, Galileo Hill

24 Sept 1997, Near Cantil

5 Oct 2002, California City golf course

 

Alder Flycatcher *

Empidonax alnorum

 

30 May 1992, Butterbredt
NOT ACCEPTED AS VALID RECORD by CBRC but on list by Kern County regional Editor for American Birds

 

Willow Flycatcher

Empidonax traillii

 

Breeds in riparian forest along South Fork Kern River

 

Least Flycatcher *

Empidonax minimus

 

rare vagrant has over summered at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon.

 

Hammond's Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Empidonax hammondii

 

Migrant and summer resident, bred in mountains

 

Gray Flycatcher

Empidonax wrightii

 

Breeds in montane chaparral

 

Dusky Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Empidonax oberholseri

 

 

 

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Empidonax difficilis

 

breeds in Kern Valley and mountains

 

Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans

 

Year round resident. Common along waterways. High pitched "Tchew chew" call gives away location

 

Eastern Phoebe *

Sayornis phoebe

 

Rare vagrant to Kern. When found normally in marshy areas.

 

Say's Phoebe

Sayornis saya

 

Year round resident. Along with Black Phoebe these are the only flycatchers normally found in Kern in winter. Fence lines near golf courses, good places to find this bird.

 

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Pyrocephalus rubinus

desert riparian corridors

This bird nests in the desert and Kern Valley, rare winter vagrant to the central valley.

 

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Myiarchus cinerascens

 

common nesting in riparian and desert environs

 

Great Crested Flycatcher *

Great-crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus crinitus

 

23-27 Sept 1989, Galileo

4 Oct 1996, 7 mi N of California City

 

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus tyrannulus

 

rare nesting species in Kern and Kelso Valleis

 

Tropical Kingbird *

Tyrannus melancholicus

 

exceptional

22 Sep 1996, Kern River Preserve
 

 

Cassin's Kingbird

Cassin's Kingbird

Tyrannus vociferans

 

Uncommon. A pair has been nesting and wintering in the Rio Bravo area since 2001. Nesting pair found in Onyx

 

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

 

Common summer resident. My son named this the squeaky toy bird when he was 8 years old, the name is apropos as the call of the Western Kingbird does sound like a squeaky dog toy.

 

Eastern Kingbird *

Tyrannus tyrannus

 

rare vagrant

 

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher *

Tyrannus forficatus

 

rare vagrant, has bred with Western Kingbird once in the western San Joaquin Valley.

 

Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius ludovicianus

 

Uncommon resident. The Loggerhead Shrike is declining nationwide as its habitat, grassland and shrubland disappears to development.

 

Northern Shrike *

Lanius excubitor

 

An exceptional winter visitor from the northern states. This bird has been recorded at least 8 times in Kern.

 

White-eyed Vireo *

Vireo griseus

 

Exceptional vagrant

5/26/1997, Vic. Cantil

5/31/2012-6/1/2012, Galileo Hill

5/29/1999, California City

9/30/2003, Galileo Hill

5/18/2008, Galileo Hill

5/25-28/2009, Galileo Hill

 

Bell's Vireo *

Vireo bellii

 

Formerly common breeder in riparian forests, rarely found in the county now.

 

Gray Vireo *

Vireo vicinior

 

 

 

Yellow-throated Vireo *

Vireo flavifrons

 

5/26/1999, Jawbone Canyon

10/9/1999, Galileo Hills

5/19-20/2001, Department of Water and Power in Jawbone Canyon near Cantil

6/3/2001, Butterbredt Spring

4/13/2002, Galileo Hill Park

5/29-31/2004, Butterbredt Spring 5/14/2006, Butterbredt Spring

 

Plumbeous Vireo

Vireo plumbeus

 

Migrant through the county. Breeds just over the county line in Tulare County at the Chimney Creek Campground on the Chimney Peak Byway

 

Cassin's Vireo

Vireo cassinii

 

A summer resident breeding in area mountains.

 

Blue-headed Vireo *

Vireo solitarius

 

Exceptional vagrant

10/22/2001, Galileo Hill, found by Tom Wurster

4/20/2004, Butterbredt Spring
 

 

Hutton's Vireo

Vireo huttoni

 

 

Foudn in oak chaparral, breeds locally.

 

Warbling Vireo

Vireo gilvus

 

A breeding summer resident in riparian forests and mountains.

 

Philadelphia Vireo *

Vireo philadelphicus

 

6-12 Oct 1996, Galileo Hill

29 Sept 2012, Cerro Coso College, Ridgecrest, found by Bob Barnes

 

Red-eyed Vireo *

Vireo olivaceus

 

A rare vagrant.

 

Yellow-green Vireo *

Vireo flavoviridis

 

Exceptional vagrant

9/21-27/1995, Galileo Hill

10/6/1998, Galileo Hill Park

10/28-30/2003, Galileo Hill

 

Steller's Jay

Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri

 

Resident in all of the region's montane conifer forests.

 

Western Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma californica

 

A common resident of wooded areas of the mountains and San Joaquin Valley.

 

Pinyon Jay

Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus

 

 

Found in the pinyon pine woodland along the eastern crest of the Sierra Nevada and in Kelso Valley.

 

Clark's Nutcracker

Nucifraga Columbiana

 

Very rare county resident. Seen most often on Mt. Pinos, but also inhabits the Piutes, and Greenhorns.

 

Black-billed Magpie *

Pica hudsonia

 

exceptional 3X only in the desert

 

Yellow-billed Magpie

Pica nuttalli

 

Found in Kern County only along Hwy 41 between San Luis Obispo and Kings Counties.

 

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

 

 

 

Common Raven

Corvus corax

 

 

 

Horned Lark

Eremophila alpestris

 

 

 

Purple Martin

Purple Martin

Progne subis

 

 

Breeds in oak woodland at Tejon Ranch and Stallions Springs

 

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

 

 

 

Violet-green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina

 

 

 

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

 

 

 

Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

 

spring migrant

 

Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

 

 

 

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

 

 

 

Mountain Chickadee

Poecile gambeli

 

 

 

Oak Titmouse

Baeolophus inornatus

 

 

 

Juniper Titmouse* 

Baeolophus ridgwayi

desert

Exceptional 

24 Feb 1999, California City, Matt Heindel
 

 

Verdin

Auriparus flaviceps

 

 

 

Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus

 

 

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

 

 

 

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

 

 

 

Pygmy Nuthatch

Sitta pygmaea

 

 

 

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

 

Resident in conifer forests, found on mature trees in suburbs and along riparian zones in winter

 

Rock Wren

Rock Wren

Salpinctes obsoletus

 

Resident in rocky areas in foothills, and along reservoir and canal rip rap areas

 

Canyon Wren

Catherpes mexicanus

 

Resident in canyons and on foothill slopes

 

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

 

Summer resident in valleys and mountains. Some linger in winter in the San Joaquin Valley

 

Pacific Wren

Troglodytes pacificus

 

Rare resident in montane chaparral

 

Marsh Wren

Cistothorus palustris

 

Resident in marshes and tule/cattail lined canals

 

Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

 

Resident in chaparral, woodlands, and riparian underbrush

 

Cactus Wren

Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

 

Resident in desert areas with cholla cactus

 

American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus

 

Uncommon resident along the Kern River and tributaries.

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

 

Winter wanderer to the desert and valleys. Summer nesting in the conifer forest

 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

 

Winter resident

 

Dusky Warbler *

Phylloscopus fuscatus

 

4-5 Oct 1997 near Cantil, David Blue, Matt Heindel
 

  Arctic Warbler *

Phylloscopus borealis

  6-10 Sept 2007 Bob & Susan Steele, Gjon Hazard - Galileo Hill
 
 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

 

Occupies dry washes and desert chaparral

 

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Polioptila melanura

  Breeding pair found in summer 2009 by Jon Feenstra - north of Mojave
 

Western Bluebird

Sialia mexicana

 

 

Breeds in mountain valleys and Kern River Valley. Found in lesser numbers in SJV and KRV in winter

 

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

 

Good size flocks are found in teh valleys in winter

 

Townsend's Solitaire

Myadestes townsendi

 

Breeds locally in the mountains and chaparral. Winters in Kern Desert and some valley locales.

 

Veery *

Catharus fuscescens

 

Exceptional

19-24 Sept 1991, Galileo
 

 

Gray-cheeked Thrush *

Catharus minimus

 

Exceptional vagrant

14-18 Sep 1989, Galileo

9 Oct 1998, Galileo
 

 

Swainson's Thrush

Catharus ustulatus

 

Mostly spring migrant

 

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

 

Winter resident

 

Wood Thrush *

Hylocichla mustelina

 

6/16/1999, Galileo Park

10/11-13/1998,  California City

6/8-10/2003, Cerro Coso Community College,  Ridgecrest

10/1/2011, Galileo Hill

6/22/2010 to 7/2/2010, Cottonwood Creek on the Tejon Ranch

10/9/2008, Galileo Hill

  Eyebrowed Thrush*

Turdus obscurus

2001 Exceptional vagrant

28 May 2001 Galileo Hills, Scott Terrill

 

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

 

 

 

Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

 

 

 

Wrentit

Chamaea fasciata

 

 

 

Gray Catbird *

Dumetella carolinensis

 

rare vagrant

 

Brown Thrasher *

Toxostoma rufum

 

rare vagrant

 

Bendire's Thrasher

Toxostoma bendirei

 

 

 

California Thrasher

Toxostoma redivivum

 

 

 

Le Conte's Thrasher

Toxostoma lecontei

 

 

 

Sage Thrasher

Oreoscoptes montanus

 

 

 

Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos

 

 

 

European Starling (I)

Sturnus vulgaris

 

 

 

Red-throated Pipit *

Anthus cervinus

 

20 Sep 1991, China Lake

22 Sep 1991, California City
 

 

American Pipit

Anthus rubescens

 

 

 

Sprague's Pipit *

Anthus spragueii

 

8-9 Oct 2008, Galileo Hill

20-22 Oct1996, China Lake NAWS
 

 

Bohemian Waxwing *

Bombycilla garrulus

 

Exceptional vagrant

11 Jan 1987, Inyokern
 

 

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

 

 

 

Phainopepla

Phainopepla nitens

 

 

 

Lapland Longspur *

Calcarius lapponicus

 

Rare migrant

 

Chestnut-collared Longspur

Calcarius ornatus

 

Rare migrant

 

Smith's Longspur *

Calcarius pictus

 

Exceptional vagrant

10 Oct 1996, Galileo Hill

 

McCown's Longspur *

Rhynchophanes mccownii

 

Exceptional vagrant

25-30 Nov 1988, Garlock

20-25 Oct 1999, Edwards
 

 

Snow Bunting *

Plectrophenax nivalis

 

Exceptional vagrant

23-27 Dec 1978, Kelso Valley
 

 

Ovenbird *

Seiurus aurocapillus

 

 

75 spring records and 17 fall records

 

Worm-eating Warbler *

Helmitheros vermivorus

 

10 May 1987, Butterbredt

25 May 1990, Mojave

24 May 1992, Butterbredt

4/22-25/2001, Butterbredt Spring,

5/17-20/2003, Butterbredt Spring

10/12-28/2003, Galileo Hill, Found by Dan Cooper

6/9-10/2010,  Butterbredt Springs

 

Louisiana Waterthrush *

Parkesia motacilla

 

21 May 1990, Mojave

16-19 Sep 1994, Galileo Hill

3-6 Sep 2012, California City

 

Northern Waterthrush *

Parkesia noveboracensis

 

39 spring records and 63 fall records in the Kern desert

 

Golden-winged Warbler *

Vermivora chrysoptera

 

5/31/1997, California City

8/3/2000, Kern River Preserve

6/13/2001, Galileo Hill Park

5/31/2008, Butterbredt Springs

 

Blue-winged Warbler *

Vermivora cyanoptera

 

9/24-27/1995, Galileo Hill

6/8/1997, Butterbredt Spring

6/8-10/1999, Butterbredt Springs

5/21/2001, California City

5/28/2001, Galileo Hill Park

10/4/2002, near Cantil

5/26/2003, Butterbredt Springs

5/25/2009, Butterbredt Spring

 

Black-and-white Warbler *

Mniotilta varia

 

rare migrant

 

Prothonotary Warbler *

Protonotaria citrea

 

Exceptional vagrant

10/2-3/1987, Galileo Hill
 

 

Tennessee Warbler *

Oreothlypis peregrina

 

Rare migrant

 

 

Orange-crowned Warbler

Oreothlypis celata

 

 

Resident in riparian areas

 

Lucy's Warbler *

Oreothlypis luciae

 

Rare migrant

 

Nashville Warbler

Oreothlypis ruficapilla

 

 

 

Virginia's Warbler *

Virginia's Warbler

Oreothlypis virginiae

 

Rare migrant

 

Connecticut Warbler*

Oporornis agilis

 

12 June 1999

9/7/1999, Ridgecrest

9/7/2000, Galileo Hill Park

9/19-20/2000, Inyokern

9/23/2001, Galileo Hill Park

5/23/2006, Butterbredt Spring

 

MacGillivray's Warbler

Geothlypis tolmiei

 

 

 

 

Mourning Warbler *

Geothlypis philadelphia

 

9/15-18/1994, Galileo Hill 9/16/2006, Galileo Hill Park

9/25/1999, California City

9/11/2002, LADWP Property in Mojave

5/26/2003, Cerro Coso College,  Ridgecrest

10/2/2003, California City

 

Kentucky Warbler *

Geothlypis formosus

 

Rare migrant

 

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

 

 

 

Hooded Warbler *

Setophaga citrina

 

Rare migrant

 

American Redstart *

Setophaga ruticilla

 

Uncommon migrant

 

Cape May Warbler *

Setophaga tigrina

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Cerulean Warbler *

Setophaga cerulea

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Northern Parula *

Northern Parula

Setophaga americana

 

 

 

Magnolia Warbler *

Setophaga magnolia

 

 

 

Bay-breasted Warbler *

Setophaga castanea

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Blackburnian Warbler *

Setophaga fusca

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Yellow Warbler

Setophaga petechia

 

Summer resident

 

Chestnut-sided Warbler *

Setophaga pensylvanica

 

Rare migrant

 

Blackpoll Warbler *

Setophaga striata

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Setophaga caerulescens

 

Rare migrant

 

Palm Warbler *

Setophaga palmarum

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Pine Warbler

Setophaga pinus

 

One record 8 November 2014, Desert Memorial Park, Ridgecrest. Tom Benson, Matt Grube, David Rankin, and Brad Singer.

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

 

Winter resident, summer breeder in mountains

 

Yellow-throated Warbler *

Yellow-throated Warbler

Setophaga dominica

 

 

5/10/2003, Butterbredt Spring 4/17/2005, Butterbredt Spring 4/26/2005, Lebec

5/25/2008, Galileo Hill

6/9/2010, Butterbredt Springs

 

Prairie Warbler *

Setophaga discolor

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Grace's Warbler *

Setophaga graciae

 

5 May 2013 - Bob Barnes, Cerro Coso College, Ridgecrest

 

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Setophaga nigrescens

 

Uncommon migrant and rare winter resident

 

Townsend's Warbler

Setophaga townsendi

 

Common migrant and rare winter resident

 

Hermit Warbler

Setophaga occidentalis

 

Uncommon migrant and mountain nester

 

Black-throated Green Warbler *

Setophaga virens

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Canada Warbler *

Cardellina canadensis

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Wilson's Warbler

Cardellina pusilla

 

Abundant migrant

 

Red-faced Warbler *

Cardellina rubrifrons

 

 

7 October 2014 -Ken and Brenda Kyle - Galileo Hill

 

Painted Redstart *

Myioborus pictus

 

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Yellow-breasted Chat

Icteria virens

 

Summer resident

 

Green-tailed Towhee

Pipilo chlorurus

 

 

 

Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus

 

 

 

California Towhee

Melozone crissalis

 

 

 

Cassin's Sparrow*

Peucaea cassinii

 

Exceptional vagrant

10-13 June 2001, Weldon

 

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Aimophila ruficeps

 

 

 

American Tree Sparrow *

Spizella arborea

 

 

 

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina

 

 

 

Clay-colored Sparrow *

Spizella pallida

 

 

 

Brewer's Sparrow

Spizella breweri

 

 

 

Field Sparrow *

Spizella pusilla

 

Exceptional vagrant

11/1-4/1998, Inyokern

 

Black-chinned Sparrow

Spizella atrogularis

 

 

 

Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes gramineus

 

 

 

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Chondestes grammacus

 

 

 

Black-throated Sparrow

Amphispiza bilineata

 

 

 

Sagebrush Sparrow

Artemisiospiza nevadensis

 

 

 

Bell's Sparrow

Artemisiospiza belli

 

 

 

Lark Bunting *

Calamospiza melanocorys

 

 

 

Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis

 

 

 

Grasshopper Sparrow *

Ammodramus savannarum

 

 

 

Le Conte's Sparrow *

Ammodramus leconteii

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Nelson's Sparrow *

Ammodramus nelsoni

 

Exceptional vagrant

 

Fox Sparrow

Passerella iliaca

 

 

 

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

 

 

 

Lincoln's Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii

 

 

 

Swamp Sparrow *

Melospiza georgiana

 

 

 

White-throated Sparrow *

Zonotrichia albicollis

 

 

 

Harris's Sparrow *

Harris' Sparrow

Zonotrichia querula

 

 

 

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

 

 

 

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia atricapilla

 

 

 

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

 

 

 

Rustic Bunting *

Emberiza rustica

 

Exceptional vagrant

7-10 Nov 1993 near Cantil, Matt Heindel

 

Hepatic Tanager*

Piranga flava

 

Exceptional vagrant

1 unaccepted sighting by Tom Wurster Fall 2001 but his June 2012 sighting is being reviewed and looks as though this one may pass review.

 

Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra

 

 

 

Scarlet Tanager *

Piranga olivacea

 

 

Exceptional vagrant

10/31/1997, Inyokern

10/1/1998, Galileo Hill

10/18/1999, Galileo Hill

5/11/2001, California City
 

 

Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana

 

 

 

Pyrrhuloxia*

Cardinalis sinuatus

 

Exceptional vagrant

7-8 May 2011 - female found in Inyokern by Susan Steele

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak *

Pheucticus ludovicianus

 

 

 

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

 

 

 

Blue Grosbeak

Passerina caerulea

 

 

 

Lazuli Bunting

Passerina amoena

 

 

 

Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea

 

 

 

Painted Bunting *

Passerina ciris

 

9/1/1996, California City

9/6/1998, near Cantil

9/24-27/1998,  Ridgecrest

9/11-12/1999, Galileo Hill Park

10/1/2000, Galaleo Hill Park

9/14/2002, Galileo Hill

9/15/2004, Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest

 

Dickcissel *

Spiza americana

 

 

 

Bobolink *

Dolichonyx oryzivorus

 

 

 

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

 

 

 

Tricolored Blackbird

Agelaius tricolor

 

 

 

Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta

 

 

 

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

 

 

 

Rusty Blackbird *

Euphagus carolinus

 

 

11/5-14/2011, Cerro Coso Community College,  Ridgecrest

11/18/2011, Galileo Hill
 

 

Brewer's Blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus

 

 

 

Common Grackle *

Quiscalus quiscula

 

Exceptional vagrant

29 Oct 1994, Galileo

24-25 Oct 1995, Canebrake

22 Apr 2009, Inyokern
 

 

Great-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus mexicanus

 

 

 

Bronzed Cowbird *

Molothrus aeneus

Bronzed Cowbird

 

Exceptional vagrant

5 Jun 1988, Galileo

19-28 May 1994, Onyx
5 Jun 2011, Inyokern

 

Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

 

 

 

Orchard Oriole *

Icterus spurius

 

 

 

 

Hooded Oriole

Icterus cucullatus

 

 

 

Bullock's Oriole

Icterus bullockii

 

 

 

Baltimore Oriole *

Icterus galbula

 

 

 

Scott's Oriole

Icterus parisorum

 

 

 

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch *

Leucosticte tephrocotis

 

Exceptional vagrant

12 Nov 1998, Galileo
 

 

Pine Grosbeak*

Pinicola enucleator

  Exceptional vagrant

3 Nov 2004, Galileo Hill, found by Brenda & Ken Kyle

 

House Finch

Haemorhous mexicanus

suburban, and most native habitats

Resident breeder in the county in the lower elevations

 

Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus

 

 

 

Cassin's Finch

Haemorhous cassinii

 

 

 

Red Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

montane species

irruptive species that breeds in conifer forests. Hooked bill tears open pine cones. Occasionally found breeding in the unusual desert location at California City Central Park.

 

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

 

 

 

Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

riparian, grassland and chaparral near water source.

resident in varying numbers throughout the county. Breeds in the Kern Valley and Mountains

 

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Spinus lawrencei

riparian, grassland, conifers,  and chaparral near water source.

rare winter records

spring through fall

breeds in Kern River Valley and mountains

 

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

riparian and grassland habitats

winter resident in varying numbers like most goldfinches numbers tend to be irruptive

 

Evening Grosbeak

Coccothraustes vespertinus

rare winter visitant to Kern River Valley

breeds in Piute Mountains

 

House Sparrow (I)

Passer domesticus

Countywide human habitations and agricultural fields especially those with sludge or manure based fertilizers.

Common to abundant. First appeared in Bakersfield in 1901 and in Tehachapi 1903.

FYI: Recent American Ornithologist's Union checklists and supplements 36th through 52nd editions yield the following changes relevant to Kern County birders. Changes to taxonomic nomenclature current as of 31 July 2011.

AOU 36th supplement, 1987. Red-eyed Vireo was split, with Yellow-green Vireo, Vireo flavoviridus recognized as a full species.

AOU 37th supplement, 1989. Collared Dove changed to Eurasian Collared-Dove. Common Barn Owl changed to Barn Owl. Western Flycatcher was split into Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Empidonax difficilis and Cordilleran Flycatcher, Empidonax occidentalis. (Pacific-slope Flycatcher is found in our area and resides in and to the west of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains, while the Cordilleran species is found to the east). Eye-browed Thrush spelling changed to  Eyebrowed Thrush. Water Pipit changed to American Pipit, Anthus rubescens. Brown Towhee was split into California Towhee, Pipilo crissalis and Canyon Towhee, Pipilo fuscus.

AOU 38th supplement, 1991. no changes relevant to Kern County.

AOU 39th supplement, 1994. Green-backed Heron changed to Green Heron, Butorides virescens. Lesser Golden-Plover split into American Golden-Plover, Pluvialis dominica (spelling change in 40th, revised in 41st) and Pacific Golden-Plover, Pluvialis fulva. Herring Gull was split into Herring Gull, Larus argentatus and Yellow-legged Gull, Larus cachinnans. Black-shouldered Kite reverts to White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus. Rosy Finch reverts to three separate species. Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Leucosticte tephrocotis, Black Rosy-Finch, Leucosticte atrata, and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, Leucosticte australis.

AOU 40th supplement, 1995. Great Egret changed to Ardea alba. Northern Flicker was split into Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus and Gilded Flicker, Colaptes chrysoides. Scrub Jay was split into Western Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma californica, Florida Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma coeruluscens, and Island Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma insularis. Gray-cheeked Thrush split into Gray-cheeked Thrush, Catharus minimus and Bicknell's Thrush, Catharus bicknelli. Rufous-sided Towhee was (re)split into Eastern Towhee, Pipilo erythrophthalmus and Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus. Sharp-tailed Sparrow was split into Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Ammodramus caudacutus and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Ammodramus nelsoni. Northern Oriole was (re)split into Baltimore Oriole, Icterus galbula and Bullock's Oriole, Icterus bullockii.

AOU 41st supplement, 1997. Ross' Goose spelling changed to Ross's Goose. Harris' Hawk spelling changed to Harris's Hawk. Burrowing Owl changed back to Athene cunicularia. (It was changed in the 38th but reverts in the 41st). Lewis' Woodpecker spelling changed to Lewis's Woodpecker. Olive-sided Flycatcher changed to species cooperi. Cliff Swallow and Cave Swallow changed to genus Petrochelidon. Titmice changed to genus Baeolophus. Plain Titmouse was split into Juniper Titmouse, Baeolophus griseus and Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus. (Oak Titmouse occurs commonly in our area, in the Sierra Nevada mountains and west and the Juniper Titmouse occurs east of the Sierra Nevada but is exceptionally rare in Kern). Chickadees changed to the genus Poecile. Solitary Vireo was split into Blue-headed Vireo, Vireo solitarius, Plumbeous Vireo, Vireo plumbeus and Cassin's Vireo, Vireo cassini. Harris' Sparrow spelling changed to Harris's Sparrow.

AOU 42nd supplement, 2000. Oldsquaw common name changed to Long-tailed Duck. Black-billed Magpie specific epithet changed to Pica hudsonia. Juniper Titmouse specific epithet changed to Baeolophus ridgwayi (42nd).

AOU 43rd supplement, 2002. Roseate Spoonbill genus changed to Platalea ajaja. Common Snipe Split--G. galinago delicata becomes Wilson's Snipe, Gallinago delicata. G. galinago galinago becomes Common Snipe, Galinago galinago, our local species is Wilson's Snipe, where Common Snipe distributed in Eurasia. Red Phalarope specific epithet gender changed to match genus Phalaropus fulicarius. Blue Grosbeak genus changed to Passerina caerulea.

AOU 44th supplement, 2003. Anseriformes and Galliformes move above Gaviiformes due to recent DNA evidence. Columba livia common name changes to Rock Pigeon to conform with British Ornithologists’ Union (1992) usage. Band-tailed Pigeon genus changed to Patagioenas fasciataWestern Screech-Owl genus changed to Megascops kennicottii. Many changes are anticipated especially within the Passeriformes. Look to the 45th supplement to offer significant changes in order and relationships.

AOU 45th supplement, 2004. Cackling Goose has been split and is now a separate species from Canada Goose: Kern County records are for one subspecies of Canada Goose, Branta canadensis moffitti and two subspecies of Cackling Goose,  Branta hutchinsii leucopareia and B. h. minima. See Angus Wilson's explanation of Canada Goose subspecies web site at ... http://www.oceanwanderers.com/CAGO.Subspecies.html. Spotted Sandpiper specific epithet gender changed to match genus Actitis macularius.

AOU 46th supplement, 2005. No changes relevant to Kern County.

AOU 47th supplement, 2006. Blue Grouse has been split to coastal populations Sooty Grouse - Dendragapus fuliginosus and interior populations Dusky Grouse Dendragapus obscurus. Kern and Tulare County species now named Sooty Grouse because of the yellow gular sacs and the strong deep hoot. Changed Ringed-turtle Dove - Streptopelia risoria to conform with name from native populations African Collared-Dove - Streptopelia roseogrisea (I). Changed scientific names of Least Tern - Sternula antillarum, Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia, Wandering Tatter - Tringa incana and Willet - Tringa semipalmata.  Rearranged order of some Scolopacidae, and Sterninae.

AOU 48th supplement, 2007. The family Cathartidae is moved back to the Order FALCONIFORMES just before the Suborder ACCIPITRES under the heading Suborder CATHARTAE: American Vultures. This family was moved to the order Ciconiiformes (AOU 1998) but is now tentatively returned to the order Falconiformes after re-evaluation of the reasons for the earlier change. Further, some genetic studies (Cracraft et al. 2004, Fain and Houde 2004, Ericson et al. 2006) have shown that the New World vultures are not closely related to the storks, although their precise phylogenetic relationship to the Falconiformes is yet undetermined. Genus of Belted Kingfisher changes to Megaceryle alcyon from Ceryle alcyon.

AOU 49th supplement, 2008. The order of Laridae changed significantly as a result of the 2008 update to the 7th edition in addition the following generic changes Larus philadelphia changed to Chroicocephalus philadelphia (Bonaparte’s Gull), Larus minutus changed to Hydrocoloeus minutus (Little Gull) Larus atricilla changed to Leucophaeus atricilla (Laughing Gull) Larus pipixcan changed to Leucophaeus pipixcan (Franklin’s Gull).

AOU  50th supplement, 2009. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. The sequence of families and subfamilies in GALLIFORMES were changed to: ODONTOPHORIDAE, PHASIANIDAE, Phasianinae, Tetraoninae, Meleagridinae: Quail are now before Chukar, Grouse, and Turkey.
The common name of Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow was shortened to Nelson’s Sparrow.
The Genus Piranga (Tanagers) was moved into Cardinalidae in front of the genus Pheucticus.
The genus of all of the goldfinches in Kern changed in the 50th supplement, from Carduelis to Spinus, therefore the following four species are now: Spinus pinus (Pine Siskin), Spinus psaltria (Lesser Goldfinch), Spinus lawrencei (Lawrence’s Goldfinch), Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch).

AOU  51st supplement, 2010. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Higher-level taxonomic changes include the addition of two new orders that were split from existing orders:
Suliformes (Frigatebirds, boobies, cormorants, darters, and allies)
Accipitriformes (Hawks, kites, eagles, and allies). Two families (Ardeidae and Threskiornithidae) are transferred from the order Ciconiiformes to the order Pelecaniformes. New linear sequences are adopted for species in the genera Cyanolyca, Aimophila, and Pipilo, and the sequences of genera within the Cotingidae and portions of the Corvidae and Emberizidae are rearranged to reflect new findings on relationships. The family placement of one species (Chamaea fasciata) is changed on the basis of new information on its phylogenetic relationships. The English group names of three orders (Pelecaniformes, Ciconiiformes, and Falconiformes), one suborder (Pelecani), and three families (Ramphastidae, Sylviidae, and Cardinalidae) are modified because of changes to the composition of these groups.

* Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus, Formerly considered a single species – Winter Wren T. hiemalis – and now two species based on differences in songs and calls, plumage, and lack of hybridization.
Changes to species names:
* Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera - Formerly Vermivora pinus
* Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina - Formerly Vermivora peregrina
* Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata - Formerly Vermivora celata
* Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla - Formerly Vermivora ruficapilla
* Virginia’s Warbler Oreothlypis virginiae - Formerly Vermivora virginiae
* Lucy’s Warbler Oreothlypis luciae - Formerly Vermivora luciae
* Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis - Formerly Seiurus noveboracensis
* Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla - Formerly Seiurus motacilla
* California Towhee Melozone crissalis - Formerly Pipilo crissalis
* Cassin’s Sparrow Peucaea cassinii - Formerly Aimophila cassinii

* McCown’s Longspur Rhynchophanes mccownii - Formerly Calcarius mccownii

AOU  52nd supplement, 2011. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Changes in this supplement include the following: Major reorder of Warblers. Replace genus Dendroica with genus Setophaga. Change of several species names plus one common name. Found some errors in the order of species on this checklist which was brought up to date.
Changes to species names:
* Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata, Formerly - Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Snowy Plover - Charadrius nivosus, Formerly - Charadrius alexandrinus
MacGillivray's Warbler - Geothlypis tolmiei, Formerly - Oporornis tolmiei
Mourning Warbler - Geothlypis philadelphia, Formerly - Oporornis philadelphia
Kentucky Warbler - Geothlypis formosa, Formerly - Oporornis formosus
Hooded Warbler - Setophaga citrina, Formerly - Wilsonia citrina
Cape May Warbler - Setophaga tigrina, Formerly - Dendroica tigrina
Cerulean Warbler - Setophaga cerulea, Formerly - Dendroica cerulea
Northern Parula - Setophaga americana, Formerly - Parula americana
Magnolia Warbler - Setophaga magnolia, Formerly - Dendroica magnolia
Bay-breasted Warbler - Setophaga castanea, Formerly - Dendroica castanea
Blackburnian Warbler - Setophaga fusca, Formerly - Dendroica fusca
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia, Formerly - Dendroica petechia
Chestnut-sided Warbler - Setophaga pensylvanica, Formerly - Dendroica pensylvanica
Blackpoll Warbler - Setophaga striata, Formerly - Dendroica striata
Black-throated Blue Warbler - Setophaga caerulescens, Formerly - Dendroica caerulescens
Palm Warbler - Setophaga palmarum, Formerly - Dendroica palmarum
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata, Formerly - Dendroica coronata
Yellow-throated Warbler - Setophaga dominica, Formerly - Dendroica dominica
Prairie Warbler - Setophaga discolor, Formerly - Dendroica discolor
Black-throated Gray Warbler - Setophaga nigrescens, Formerly - Dendroica nigrescens
Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi, Formerly - Dendroica townsendi
Hermit Warbler - Setophaga occidentalis, Formerly - Dendroica occidentalis
Black-throated Green Warbler - Setophaga virens, Formerly - Dendroica virens
Canada Warbler - Cardellina canadensis, Formerly - Wilsonia canadensis
Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla, Formerly - Wilsonia pusilla

AOU  53rd supplement, 2012. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Changes in this supplement include the following: Major reorder of Falcons and Parrots, inserting Falconiformes (caracaras and falcons) and Psittaciformes (parrots) between Piciformes (woodpeckers) and Passeriformes (songbirds). Significan shuffling of order of hummingbird and wren genera. Change of five genus names plus one common name.
Changes to species names:
Calliope Hummingbird - Selasphorus calliope, Formerly Stellula calliope
Sage Sparrow - Artemisiospiza belli, Formerly Amphispiza belli
Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus, Formerly Carpodacus purpureus
Cassin’s Finch - Haemorhous cassinii, Formerly Carpodacus cassinii
House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus, Formerly Carpodacus mexicanus
Changes to common names:
Indian Peafowl - Pavo cristatus, formerly Common Peafowl

AOU  54th supplement, 2013. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Changes in this supplement include the following: Checklist reordering: Removed monotypic genuses Tryngites and Philomachus thus reordering all of the Calidris genus. Reordered family sequences: Suborder Charadrii --> Family Recurvirostridae (avocets and stilts) --> Family Charadriidae (plovers) --> Suborder Scolopaci -->Family Scolopacidae (sandpipers) --> Suborder Lari --> Family Stercorariidae (skuas and jaegers) --> Family Laridae (gulls, terns, and skimmers). Reordered mimid (thrasher) family: Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Bendire’s Thrasher, California Thrasher, Le Conte’s Thrasher, Sage Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird. Reordered three Haemorhous (formerly Carpodacus) finches: House Finch, Purple Finch, Cassin's Finch. SPECIES SPLIT: Sage Sparrow now becomes Bell's Sparrow - Artemisiospiza belli which breeds in Kern and Sagebrush Sparrow - Artemisiospiza nevadensis which migrates through and possibly winters in Kern County.
Changes to generic names:
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Calidris subruficollis, Formerly Tryngites subruficollis
Ruff - Calidris pugnax, Formerly Philomachus pugnax

Species split:
Sage Sparrow disappears to be replaced by (http://www.birdingisfun.com/2013/03/splitting-sage-sparrow.html)

Sagebrush Sparrow - Artemisiospiza nevadensis, Formerly Artemisiospiza belli nevadensis
Bell's Sparrow - Artemisiospiza belli, Formerly A. b. belli and A. b. canescens (A. b. canescens may eventually be split into its own species - it is the predominant subspecies in Kern)

AOU  55th supplement, 2014. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Changes in this supplement include the following: Arctic Warbler was split into three species but the only recorded bird in Kern is the one that retains both the common and scientific name therefore this split does not change our list: Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis)

Changes to common  names: Common Black-Hawk loses the hyphen between black and hawk becoming Common Black Hawk.
Changes to generic names: none of note for Kern County Birders.
Species split

Arctic Warbler is split into the following species

Arctic Warbler - Phylloscopus borealis - the only species that has wandered to California
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus examinandus
Japanese Leaf Warbler* - Phylloscopus xanthodryas

Checklist sequence changes: The only consequence for Kern County birders is a reshuffling of the sequence of some of the doves.
Old Order:

Spotted Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
New checklist sequence
Spotted Dove

Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove

References Used:

American Ornithologists’ Union. 2014. "Fifty-fifth supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North
American Birds," The Auk 131(4)
published online: 30 July 2014

American Ornithologists’ Union. 2013. "Fifty-fourth supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North
American Birds," The Auk 130(3):558-572

American Ornithologists’ Union. 2012. "Fifty-third supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North
American Birds," The Auk 129(3):573−588

American Ornithologists’ Union. 2011. "Fifty-second supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North
American Birds," Auk 128(3):600−613

Chesser, R. Terry, Richard C. Banks, F. Keith Barker, Carla Cicero, Jon L. Dunn, Andrew W. Kratter, Irby J. Lovette, Pamela C. Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen, James D. Rising, Douglas F. Stotz, Kevin Winker. 2010. Fifty-First Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-List of North American Birds. Auk 127:726-744.

American Ornithologist's Union, 2009, "Fiftieth Supplement to the American Ornithologist' Union Check-list of North American Birds," The Auk 126(3):705−714.

American Ornithologist's Union, 2008, "Forty-ninth Supplement to the American Ornithologist' Union Check-list of North American Birds," The Auk 125(3):758–76.

American Ornithologist's Union, 2007, "Forty-eighth Supplement to the American Ornithologist' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 124(3): 1109-1115.

American Ornithologists' Union, 2006, "Forty-seventh Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 123(3):926–936.

American Ornithologists' Union, 2004, "Forty-fifth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 121:985-995.

American Ornithologists' Union, 2003, "Forty-fourth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 120:923–932.

American Ornithologists' Union, 2002, "Forty-third Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 119:897-906.

American Ornithologists' Union, 2000, "Forty-second Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 117:847-858.

American Ornithologists' Union, 1997, "Forty-first Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 114:542-552.

American Ornithologists' Union, 1995, "Fortieth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 112:819-830.

American Ornithologists' Union, 1994, "Thirty-ninth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 110:675-682.

American Ornithologists' Union, 1991, "Thirty-eighth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 108:750-754.

American Ornithologists' Union, 1989, "Thirty-seventh Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 106:532-538.

American Ornithologists' Union, 1987, "Thirty-sixth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds," Auk 104:591-596.

Grinnell, J., and A. H. Miller. 1944. The Distribution of the Birds of California. Cooper Ornithological Club, reprint Artemisia Press 1986.

Heindel, M. T. 2000. Birds of East Kern County, Unpublished Manuscript.

Western Field Ornithologists. California Rare Bird Photos. www.californiabirds.org

My thanks to site reviewers: Bob Barnes, Guy McCaskie, Brennan Mulrooney, Susan Steele, and John Wilson

Recommended Reading / Listening

Birder's Guide to Northern California, LoLo & Jim Westrich

A Birder's Guide to Southern California (Lane/Aba Birdfinding Guide.), Brad Schram

Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds, Paul Ehrlich

Bird Songs of California audio CD, Geoff Keller, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birds of My Region, Our Birds, Thayer Birding Software

Birds of North America, Kaufman Focus Guides, Kenn Kaufman, Houghton Mifflin Co.

California, National Audubon Society Regional Field Guides, Peter Alden, Random House

California Birds, Their Status and Distribution, Arnold Small, Ph.D., Ibis Publishing Co.

The Condor's Shadow, The Loss and Recovery of Wildlife in America, David S. Wilcove, W.H. Freeman

The Distribution of the Birds of California, Joseph Grinnell, Alden Mille

Guide to Birds of North America v3 Cornell Lab of Ornithology & Thayer Birding Software

An Introduction to Northern California Birds, Herbert Clarke

An Introduction to Southern California Birds, Herbert Clarke

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America 5th Ed., Jon L. Dunn, Jonathan Alderfer, Editors

Sibley Guide to Birds: Audubon Society Nature Guides Series, David A. Sibley

Voices of New World Parrots, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Watchable Birds of California, Mary Taylor Gray, Mountain Press

Watchable Birds of the Great Basin, David Lukas, Mountain Press

Western Birds, Peterson Field Guides, Roger Tory Peterson, Houghton Mifflin Co.

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, David A. Sibley

LOCALITY CHECKLISTS -

BIRDS OF PIN OAK PARK -BAKERSFIELD  -  Pin Oak Park in southwest Bakersfield is home to a surprising number of species. Contains Status and Distribution. Kern Audubon Society by Barbara Mansfield and Alison Sheehey.

Birds of Buena Vista Lake  -   152 species is an impressive total for a small lake. The checklist covers birds found only on or adjacent to this 1000-acre lake. This is one area not to be missed. Contains status and distribution.

Birds of Hart Park - Checklist of 231 species of birds seen within the bounds of Hart Park.

Birds of KERN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE  -  List updated in 2001. Please send along your field notes from the refuge to keep this record accurate.  

BIRDS OF THE KERN RIVER VALLEY -   Updated checklist covers Lake Isabella and the surrounding countryside to 3000' elevation with status and distribution information. Kern River Preserve by Bob Barnes and others. (offsite)

Edwards Air Force Base - Checklist (offsite)

Indian Wells Valley - Latest Bird Sightings and checklist with status and abundance codes  (offsite)

Desert Tortoise Preserve - Checklist  (offsite)

Kern County Birding by Michael McQuerrey - A listserve discussion group of Kern County Birding

CalBirds by Steve Sosensky - A listserve discussion of rare birds, birding events and other things significant to California birders

The Bird Digest by Dave Ranney - A digest of bird discussion around California.


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