Birds of Kern County, California

Total number of species: 442 native + 10 introduced = 452 (California Condor may be treated as introduced)

bold italics with asterisk * = CBRC review species

ITALICS WITH ASTERISK * = exceptional, rare visitants or vagrants

(E) = endangered species; (T) = threatened species; (FP) = Fully Protected by CDFG; (SSC)(BCC) = species (bird) of special (conservation) concern; sensitive = listed as sensitive with USFS or BLM; (W) = watch list; (I) = introduced

light green shading highlight 2017 changes

LINK to: Birds of Kern County, California: A photo checklist

  Common Name  species  
1 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck * Dendrocygna autumnalis 19 June 1938 Buena Vista Lake
2 Fulvous Whistling-Duck * Dendrocygna bicolor (SSC) California City 1986-05-16 Tom Edell - occasional records from KNWR hunts
3 Snow Goose  Anser caerulescens winters in Kern Desert in large numbers
4 Ross's Goose  Anser rossii wintering Kern desert with occasional found in other areas
5 Greater White-fronted Goose  Anser albifrons winters in the Central Valley - found at KNWR
6 Brant * Branta bernicla (SSC) rare in Kern Desert records in spring and late fall
7 Cackling Goose  Branta hutchinsii winter throughout county - occasional lingering bird
8 Canada Goose  Branta canadensis resident populations at lakes - winter at remote areas
9 Tundra Swan  Cygnus columbianus rare in Kern County - typically pass through in Dec-Jan
10 Wood Duck  Aix sponsa resident population in Hart Park
11 Garganey * Spatula querquedula 30 Sep 1990, 28 Sep–01 Oct 1995 Cantil
12 Blue-winged Teal  Spatula discors winter throughout county - one or two may linger into late spring
13 Cinnamon Teal  Spatula cyanoptera Resident breeder in county
14 Northern Shoveler  Spatula clypeata resident breeder
15 Gadwall  Mareca strepera resident breeder
16 Eurasian Wigeon  Mareca penelope rare visitor in winter generally only one or two
17 American Wigeon  Mareca americana common in winter at lakes and golf courses
18 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos resident breeder - many domestic
19 Northern Pintail  Anas acuta fairly common in winter through spring
20 Green-winged Teal  Anas crecca fairly common fall through spring some summer records
21 Canvasback  Aythya valisineria uncommon fall through spring
22 Redhead  Aythya americana (SSC) uncommon resident breeder
23 Ring-necked Duck  Aythya collaris common fall through spring
24 Tufted Duck * Aythya fuligula 15 Jan 1980 Cuddy Valley, 17–19 Jan 1992 Isabella Reservoir
25 Greater Scaup * Aythya marila rare inland in winter
26 Lesser Scaup  Aythya affinis common in all except summer
27 Surf Scoter * Melanitta perspicillata mostly Oct-Nov desert lakes sewer ponds
28 White-winged Scoter * Melanitta fusca Nov-Dec Isabella and China Lake
29 Long-tailed Duck * Clangula hyemalis Dec 1990, 1-28 Nov 1991 China Lake, 27 Dec 1994 Isabella, 25 Mar 2003 Cantil, 14-25 March 2015 KNWR
30 Bufflehead  Bucephala albeola common except in summer
31 Common Goldeneye  Bucephala clangula fairly common along waterways except in summer
32 Barrow's Goldeneye * Bucephala islandica (SSC) 1 Jan-1Feb 2012 Isabella Reservoir Alison Sheehey, 16 Dec 2015 Kern River Bakersfield Bob Barnes, 19-20 Dec 2016 Hart Park
33 Hooded Merganser  Lophodytes cucullatus occasional along the Kern River and Hart Park fall-spring
34 Common Merganser  Mergus merganser very common in winter but extremely rare in summer
35 Red-breasted Merganser  Mergus serrator rare but expected at lakes around the county fall-spring
36 Ruddy Duck  Oxyura jamaicensis breeds on quiet water throughout county
37 Mountain Quail  Oreortyx pictus (W) breeds in conifer forests in county mountains
38 California Quail  Callipepla californica common in valleys population crash because of cats
39 Gambel's Quail * Callipepla gambelii native on restricted China Lake NAWS  (I) the rest of county
40 Chukar Alectoris chukar (I) uncommon in desert mountains
41 Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus (I) found in grasslands near water
42 Sooty Grouse * Dendragapus fuliginosus (SSC) (W) Greenhorn Mountains - Sunday to Shirley Peak
43 Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo (I) in Greenhorn Mtns and South Fork Kern
44 Pied-billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps common in lakes and marshes breeds in county
45 Horned Grebe  Podiceps auritus rare but expected in winter
46 Red-necked Grebe  Podiceps grisegena very rare Oct-Jan in lakes around county
47 Eared Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis most common in winter with less found during migration
48 Western Grebe  Aechmophorus occidentalis breeds on Isabella Reservoir
49 Clark's Grebe  Aechmophorus clarkii (W) Breeds on Isabella Reservoir
50 Rock Pigeon Columba livia (I) feral populations found near humans around county
51 Band-tailed Pigeon  Patagioenas fasciata breeds in mountains near oaks
52 Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto (I) First recorded in Ridgecrest on 13 May 2001
53 Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis (I) very rare and dwindling in Bakersfield
54 Inca Dove * Columbina inca one individual Ridgecrest Apr 2001-Dec 2002
55 Common Ground-Dove * Columbina passerina Very secretive in orange orchards and occasionally near wetlands
56 Ruddy Ground-Dove * Columbina talpacoti 30 Sep 1990, 21 Sep 1991, 17–18 Oct 1991 Cantil 3 Feb–4 Apr 1992 Ridgecrest 6–15 Nov 1996 Ridgecrest 20–22 Oct 2001Galileo Hill
57 White-winged Dove  Zenaida asiatica Small population in Ridgecrest breeds - vagrant in rest of county
58 Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura Breeding but numbers dwindling since Eurasian Collared-Dove arrived
59 Yellow-billed Cuckoo * Coccyzus americanus (SE) Breeds along South Fork Kern River - numbers keep dropping due to habitat flooding by Corps of Engineers
60 Greater Roadrunner  Geococcyx californianus In deserts and grasslands around county
61 Groove-billed Ani * Crotophaga sulcirostris 14–15 Oct 1988 Galileo Hill
62 Lesser Nighthawk  Chordeiles acutipennis  
63 Common Nighthawk * Chordeiles minor  
64 Common Poorwill  Phalaenoptilus nuttallii  
65 Black Swift  Cypseloides niger (SSC)
66 Chimney Swift * Chaetura pelagica  
67 Vaux's Swift  Chaetura vauxi (SSC)
68 White-throated Swift  Aeronautes saxatalis  
69 Black-chinned Hummingbird  Archilochus alexandri  
70 Anna's Hummingbird  Calypte anna  
71 Costa's Hummingbird  Calypte costae (BCC)
72 Broad-tailed Hummingbird * Selasphorus platycercus  
73 Rufous Hummingbird  Selasphorus rufus (BCC)
74 Allen's Hummingbird  Selasphorus sasin  
75 Calliope Hummingbird  Selasphorus calliope  
76 Broad-billed Hummingbird * Cynanthus latirostris 18 Apr 1982 Short Canyon, 1–4 Oct 1997 Weldon, 26-31 Oct 2005 Inyokern
77 Virginia Rail  Rallus limicola  
78 Sora  Porzana carolina  
79 Common Gallinule  Gallinula galeata  
80 American Coot  Fulica americana  
81 Sandhill Crane  Antigone canadensis (ST-Greater) (FP)(SSC)
82 Black-necked Stilt  Himantopus mexicanus  
83 American Avocet  Recurvirostra americana  
84 Black-bellied Plover  Pluvialis squatarola  
85 American Golden-Plover * Pluvialis dominica (W) 19 Oct 2005 Edward’s Air Force Base
86 Pacific Golden-Plover * Pluvialis fulva  
87 Snowy Plover * Charadrius nivosus (FT) (SSC)(W)
88 Semipalmated Plover  Charadrius semipalmatus  
89 Killdeer  Charadrius vociferus  
90 Mountain Plover * Charadrius montanus (SSC)(BCC)(W)
91 Upland Sandpiper * Bartramia longicauda 4-8 Jun 2006 Galileo Hill, 9 June 2016, Cerro Coso, Andrew Howe
92 Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus  
93 Long-billed Curlew  Numenius americanus (BCC)(W)
94 Hudsonian Godwit * Limosa haemastica (W) 7-8 Jun 2007 China Lake, Susan Steele
95 Marbled Godwit  Limosa fedoa (W)
96 Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres  
97 Black Turnstone * Arenaria melanocephala (W) 
98 Red Knot * Calidris canutus  
99 Ruff * Calidris pugnax  
100 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper * Calidris acuminata  
101 Stilt Sandpiper * Calidris himantopus  
102 Curlew Sandpiper * Calidris ferruginea 24 Jul 2001 Edwards Air Force Base
103 Red-necked Stint * Calidris ruficollis 13 Jun 2005 China Lake, Susan Steele
104 Sanderling * Calidris alba  
105 Dunlin  Calidris alpina  
106 Baird's Sandpiper  Calidris bairdii  
107 Least Sandpiper  Calidris minutilla  
108 White-rumped Sandpiper * Calidris fuscicollis 25–29 May 2000, 15 Aug 2006, 21-22. 23 May 2007,  24-25 May 2009 China Lake, Susan Steele
109 Buff-breasted Sandpiper * Calidris subruficollis 5 Sep 1988, 16 Sep 1989, 3–9 Jun 1990, 16 Sep 1990 Edwards Air Force Base
110 Pectoral Sandpiper  Calidris melanotos  
111 Semipalmated Sandpiper * Calidris pusilla 13 May 1979 Kern NWR very rare spring migrant
112 Western Sandpiper  Calidris mauri  
113 Short-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus griseus  
114 Long-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus scolopaceus  
115 Wilson's Snipe  Gallinago delicata  
116 Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularius  
117 Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria  
118 Wandering Tattler * Tringa incana (W) 
119 Lesser Yellowlegs  Tringa flavipes  
120 Willet  Tringa semipalmata  
121 Greater Yellowlegs  Tringa melanoleuca  
122 Wood Sandpiper * Tringa glareola 22-23 May 2007 China Lake, Susan Steele
123 Wilson's Phalarope  Phalaropus tricolor  
124 Red-necked Phalarope  Phalaropus lobatus  
125 Red Phalarope  Phalaropus fulicarius  
126 Pomarine Jaeger * Stercorarius pomarinus  
127 Parasitic Jaeger * Stercorarius parasiticus  
128 Long-tailed Jaeger * Stercorarius longicaudus  
129 Black-legged Kittiwake * Rissa tridactyla  
130 Sabine's Gull  Xema sabini  
131 Bonaparte's Gull  Chroicocephalus philadelphia  
132 Little Gull * Hydrocoloeus minutus 4–6 May 1996, 29 Aug 2011, China Lake, Susan Steele
133 Laughing Gull * Leucophaeus atricilla (W)
134 Franklin's Gull  Leucophaeus pipixcan  
135 Heermann's Gull * Larus heermanni  
136 Mew Gull * Larus canus  
137 Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis  
138 Western Gull * Larus occidentalis  
139 Yellow-footed Gull * Larus livens  
140 California Gull  Larus californicus (W)
141 Herring Gull  Larus argentatus  
142 Iceland Gull  Larus glaucoides Thayer's Gull subspecies of Iceland
143 Lesser Black-backed Gull * Larus fuscus 21 Dec 2008 Buena Vista Rec Area, Susan Steele 5 Jan 2014, Isabella Reservoir, Alison Sheehey
144 Glaucous-winged Gull * Larus glaucescens  
145 Glaucous Gull * Larus hyperboreus  
146 Least Tern * Sternula antillarum (SE) (FE) (FP)
147 Gull-billed Tern * Gelochelidon nilotica (SSC)  Susan Steele 2 May 2014 S. Evaporation Ponds (restricted access)
148 Caspian Tern  Hydroprogne caspia (BCC)
149 Black Tern  Chlidonias niger (SSC)
150 Common Tern * Sterna hirundo  
151 Arctic Tern * Sterna paradisaea  
152 Forster's Tern * Sterna forsteri  
153 Black Skimmer * Rynchops niger (SSC)
154 Red-throated Loon * Gavia stellata  
155 Pacific Loon  Gavia pacifica  
156 Common Loon  Gavia immer (SSC)
157 Wood Stork * Mycteria americana (SSC)
158 Magnificent Frigatebird * Fregata magnificens  
159 Neotropic Cormorant * Phalacrocorax brasilianus May 11-23, 2015 - George Griffeth found this bird at Lake Ming - May 11, 2015
160 Double-crested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus (SSC)
161 American White Pelican  Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (SSC)
162 Brown Pelican * Pelecanus occidentalis (FP) sensitive
163 American Bittern  Botaurus lentiginosus  
164 Least Bittern * Ixobrychus exilis (SSC)
165 Great Blue Heron  Ardea herodias sensitive
166 Great Egret  Ardea alba sensitive
167 Snowy Egret  Egretta thula  
168 Little Blue Heron * Egretta caerulea  
169 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis  
170 Green Heron  Butorides virescens  
171 Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax  
172 White-faced Ibis  Plegadis chihi (W)
173 Roseate Spoonbill * Platalea ajaja 2 Oct 1966 near Buttonwillow
174 Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura  
175 California Condor * Gymnogyps californianus (E) (FP) (W)
176 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus (SSC)
177 White-tailed Kite  Elanus leucurus (FP)
178 Mississippi Kite * Ictinia mississippiensis 5 Jun 1992 Kern River Preserve
179 Bald Eagle  Haliaeetus leucocephalus (SE) (FP)
180 Northern Harrier  Circus hudsonius (SSC)
181 Sharp-shinned Hawk  Accipiter striatus (W)
182 Cooper's Hawk  Accipiter cooperii (W)
183 Northern Goshawk  Accipiter gentilis (SSC)
184 Common Black Hawk * Buteogallus anthracinus 27 Apr 2008 Galileo Hill
185 Harris's Hawk * Parabuteo unicinctus (W) 5 Mar 2001 California City
186 Red-shouldered Hawk  Buteo lineatus  
187 Broad-winged Hawk * Buteo platypterus  
188 Swainson's Hawk  Buteo swainsoni (ST-CA)(W)
189 Zone-tailed Hawk * Buteo albonotatus 3 Oct 1994 Weldon, 27-28 May 2017 California City
190 Red-tailed Hawk  Buteo jamaicensis  
191 Rough-legged Hawk  Buteo lagopus  
192 Ferruginous Hawk  Buteo regalis (BCC)
193 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos  (FP) sensitive
194 Barn Owl  Tyto alba  
195 Flammulated Owl  Psiloscops flammeolus (BCC)
196 Western Screech-Owl  Megascops kennicottii  
197 Great Horned Owl  Bubo virginianus  
198 Northern Pygmy-Owl  Glaucidium gnoma  
199 Burrowing Owl  Athene cunicularia (SSC)
200 Spotted Owl  Strix occidentalis (SSC)
201 Barred Owl * Strix varia John & Jenna Stanek 6-2-2017 - Elias Elias P
202 Long-eared Owl  Asio otus (SSC)
203 Short-eared Owl  Asio flammeus (SSC)
204 Northern Saw-whet Owl  Aegolius acadicus  
205 Belted Kingfisher  Megaceryle alcyon  
206 Lewis's Woodpecker  Melanerpes lewis (BCC)
207 Acorn Woodpecker  Melanerpes formicivorus  
208 Williamson's Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus thyroideus  
209 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker * Sphyrapicus varius  
210 Red-naped Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus nuchalis  
211 Red-breasted Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus ruber (W)
212 Ladder-backed Woodpecker  Picoides scalaris  
213 Nuttall's Woodpecker  Picoides nuttallii  
214 Downy Woodpecker  Picoides pubescens  
215 Hairy Woodpecker  Picoides villosus  
216 White-headed Woodpecker  Picoides albolarvatus  
217 Black-backed Woodpecker * Picoides arcticus (FSS) imperiled in California Greenhorn Mtn. 18 Jul 2017
218 Northern Flicker  Colaptes auratus  
219 Pileated Woodpecker * Dryocopus pileatus  
220 Crested Caracara * Caracara cheriway FT 25-27 Mar 2008 Kern River Preserve, Bill Foster
221 American Kestrel  Falco sparverius  
222 Merlin  Falco columbarius (W)
223 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus (BCC)
224 Prairie Falcon  Falco mexicanus (BCC)
225 Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri (I) not on official list
226 Olive-sided Flycatcher  Contopus cooperi (BCC)
227 Western Wood-Pewee  Contopus sordidulus  
228 Eastern Wood-Pewee * Contopus virens 10 Jun 1998 Galileo Hill 27 Jun–09 Jul 1998 Kern River Preserve
229 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher * Empidonax flaviventris Galileo Hill 24 Sep 1997 Cantil, 7 Sep 1998, 5 Oct 2002 California City, 27 Sep–01 Oct 1989, 11 Sep 1996, 21 Sep 1997, 3 Oct 2004 Galileo Hill
230 Alder Flycatcher * Empidonax alnorum 11 Jul 1991 Kern River Preserve
231 Willow Flycatcher  Empidonax traillii (SE full species) (FE - extimus)
232 Least Flycatcher * Empidonax minimus  
233 Hammond's Flycatcher  Empidonax hammondii  
234 Gray Flycatcher  Empidonax wrightii  
235 Dusky Flycatcher  Empidonax oberholseri  
236 Pacific-slope Flycatcher  Empidonax difficilis  
237 Cordilleran Flycatcher * Empidonax occidentalis 31 May 2016, Alison Sheehey, Galileo
238 Buff-breasted Flycatcher * Empidonax fulvifrons 15 May 2016, Mary & Nick Freeman, Galileo
239 Black Phoebe  Sayornis nigricans  
240 Eastern Phoebe * Sayornis phoebe  
241 Say's Phoebe  Sayornis saya  
242 Vermilion Flycatcher  Pyrocephalus rubinus (SSC)
243 Ash-throated Flycatcher  Myiarchus cinerascens  
244 Great Crested Flycatcher * Myiarchus crinitus 23–27 Sep 1989 Galileo Hill, 4 Oct 1996 California City
245 Brown-crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus tyrannulus (W)
246 Tropical Kingbird * Tyrannus melancholicus  
247 Cassin's Kingbird  Tyrannus vociferans  
248 Western Kingbird  Tyrannus verticalis  
249 Eastern Kingbird  Tyrannus tyrannus  
250 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher * Tyrannus forficatus 7 Aug 1992 China Lake, 6 Sep 1992 Cerro Noroeste
251 Loggerhead Shrike  Lanius ludovicianus (SSC)
252 Northern Shrike  Lanius borealis  
253 White-eyed Vireo * Vireo griseus 14–17 May 1992, Butterbredt, 24–27 May 1992 Kern River Preserve, 18 May 2008, 25-28 May 2009, 31 May-1 Jun 2012, Galileo Hill
254 Bell's Vireo * Vireo bellii (FE) (SE)
255 Gray Vireo * Vireo vicinior (SSC)
256 Hutton's Vireo  Vireo huttoni  
257 Yellow-throated Vireo * Vireo flavifrons 7–30 Jul 1994 Weldon, 26 May 1999 Jawbone Canyon, 9 Oct 1999 Galileo Hill, 19–20 May 2001 Jawbone Canyon, 3 Jun 2001Butterbredt Spring, 13 Apr 2002 Galileo Hill, 29-31 May 2004, 14 May 2006 Butterbredt Spring
258 Cassin's Vireo  Vireo cassinii  
259 Blue-headed Vireo * Vireo solitarius 20 Apr 2004, 14 May 2006 Butterbredt Spring
260 Plumbeous Vireo  Vireo plumbeus  
261 Philadelphia Vireo * Vireo philadelphicus 22 Oct 1983 California City, 19 Oct 1988, 10 Oct 1992, 6–12 Oct 1996 Galileo Hill
262 Warbling Vireo  Vireo gilvus  
263 Red-eyed Vireo * Vireo olivaceus  
264 Yellow-green Vireo * Vireo flavoviridis 21–27 Sep 1995, 6 Oct 1998, 28–30 Oct 2003 Galileo Hill
265 Pinyon Jay  Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus  
266 Steller's Jay  Cyanocitta stelleri  
267 California Scrub-Jay  Aphelocoma californica  
268 Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay * Aphelocoma woodhouseii  
269 Clark's Nutcracker  Nucifraga columbiana  
270 Black-billed Magpie * Pica hudsonia  
271 Yellow-billed Magpie  Pica nuttalli (BCC)
272 American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos  
273 Common Raven  Corvus corax  
274 Horned Lark  Eremophila alpestris (W)
275 Purple Martin  Progne subis (SSC)
276 Tree Swallow  Tachycineta bicolor  
277 Violet-green Swallow  Tachycineta thalassina  
278 Northern Rough-winged Swallow  Stelgidopteryx serripennis  
279 Bank Swallow  Riparia riparia (ST)
280 Cliff Swallow  Petrochelidon pyrrhonota  
281 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica  
282 Mountain Chickadee  Poecile gambeli  
283 Oak Titmouse  Baeolophus inornatus (BCC)
284 Juniper Titmouse * Baeolophus ridgwayi  
285 Verdin  Auriparus flaviceps  
286 Bushtit  Psaltriparus minimus  
287 Red-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta canadensis  
288 White-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis  
289 Pygmy Nuthatch  Sitta pygmaea  
290 Brown Creeper  Certhia americana  
291 Rock Wren  Salpinctes obsoletus  
292 Canyon Wren  Catherpes mexicanus  
293 House Wren  Troglodytes aedon  
294 Pacific Wren  Troglodytes pacificus  
295 Marsh Wren  Cistothorus palustris  
296 Bewick's Wren  Thryomanes bewickii  
297 Cactus Wren  Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus  
298 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  Polioptila caerulea   
299 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher * Polioptila melanura  (W) Summer 2009 - Jon Feenstra
300 American Dipper  Cinclus mexicanus  
301 Golden-crowned Kinglet  Regulus satrapa  
302 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Regulus calendula  
303 Dusky Warbler * Phylloscopus fuscatus 4–5 Oct 1997 Cantil
304 Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf Warbler * Phylloscopus borealis/examinandus 7-10 Sept 2007 - B. & S. Steele - Galileo Hill
305 Wrentit  Chamaea fasciata  
306 Western Bluebird  Sialia mexicana  
307 Mountain Bluebird  Sialia currucoides  
308 Townsend's Solitaire  Myadestes townsendi  
309 Veery * Catharus fuscescens 19–24 Sep 1991 Galileo Hill
310 Gray-cheeked Thrush * Catharus minimus 9 Oct 1998 Galileo Hill 29 Sept-1 Oct 2015, Galileo Hill, Susan Steele
311 Swainson's Thrush  Catharus ustulatus  
312 Hermit Thrush  Catharus guttatus  
313 Wood Thrush * Hylocichla mustelina 9 Oct 2008, 1 Oct 2011 Galileo Hill, 22 June-2 Jul 2010, Tejon Ranch, Dan Kopp, Ed Pandolfino
314 Eyebrowed Thrush * Turdus obscurus 28 May 2001 Galileo Hill
315 American Robin  Turdus migratorius  
316 Varied Thrush  Ixoreus naevius  
317 Gray Catbird * Dumetella carolinensis 5 Jun 1987 Mojave, 1 Jun 1991 Butterbredt Spring, many other sightings Kern Desert, 14 Oct 2004 Kern River Preserve,
318 Brown Thrasher * Toxostoma rufum  
319 Bendire's Thrasher * Toxostoma bendirei (SSC)
320 California Thrasher  Toxostoma redivivum  
321 LeConte's Thrasher  Toxostoma lecontei (SSC)
322 Sage Thrasher  Oreoscoptes montanus  
323 Northern Mockingbird  Mimus polyglottos  
324 European Starling Sturnus vulgaris (I)
325 Bohemian Waxwing * Bombycilla garrulus  
326 Cedar Waxwing  Bombycilla cedrorum  
327 Phainopepla  Phainopepla nitens  
328 Scaly-breasted Munia  Lonchura punctulata (I) One juvenile seen by Susan Steele and Tom Wurster. 29 October 2016 California City
329 House Sparrow Passer domesticus (I)
330 Red-throated Pipit * Anthus cervinus 20 Sep 1991 China Lake, 22 Sep 1991 California City
331 American Pipit  Anthus rubescens  
332 Sprague's Pipit * Anthus spragueii 20–22 Oct 1996 China Lake, 8-9 Oct 2008 Galileo Hill
333 Evening Grosbeak * Coccothraustes vespertinus  
334 Pine Grosbeak * Pinicola enucleator  
335 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch * Leucosticte tephrocotis  
336 House Finch  Haemorhous mexicanus  
337 Purple Finch  Haemorhous purpureus  
338 Cassin's Finch  Haemorhous cassinii summer in mountains - winter movement to lowlands
339 Red Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra irruptive -
340 Pine Siskin  Spinus pinus irruptive - may be found year-round but mostly winter
341 Lesser Goldfinch  Spinus psaltria breeds in county grasslands, riparian areas
342 Lawrence's Goldfinch  Spinus lawrencei (BCC) breeds in county - fiddleneck preferred food
343 American Goldfinch  Spinus tristis found in the county fall through spring
344 Lapland Longspur  Calcarius lapponicus  
345 Chestnut-collared Longspur  Calcarius ornatus  
346 Smith's Longspur * Calcarius pictus 10 Oct 1996 Galileo Hill
347 McCown's Longspur * Rhynchophanes mccownii  
348 Snow Bunting * Plectrophenax nivalis 23–27 Dec 1978 Kelso Valley
349 Rustic Bunting * Emberiza rustica 7–10 Nov 1993 Cantil
350 Green-tailed Towhee  Pipilo chlorurus  
351 Spotted Towhee  Pipilo maculatus  
352 Rufous-crowned Sparrow  Aimophila ruficeps  
353 California Towhee  Melozone crissalis  
354 Cassin's Sparrow * Peucaea cassinii 10–13 Jun 2001 Kern River Preserve
355 American Tree Sparrow * Spizelloides arborea  
356 Chipping Sparrow  Spizella passerina  
357 Clay-colored Sparrow * Spizella pallida  
358 Brewer's Sparrow  Spizella breweri (BCC)
359 Field Sparrow * Spizella pusilla 1–4 Nov 1998 Inyokern, 6 Feb 2006 Edwards Air Force Base, 14-15 Oct 2012, David Blue, China Lake
360 Black-chinned Sparrow  Spizella atrogularis  
361 Vesper Sparrow  Pooecetes gramineus (BCC)
362 Lark Sparrow  Chondestes grammacus  
363 Black-throated Sparrow  Amphispiza bilineata  
364 Sagebrush Sparrow * Artemisiospiza nevadensis  
365 Bell's Sparrow  Artemisiospiza belli (BCC)
366 Lark Bunting  Calamospiza melanocorys  
367 Savannah Sparrow  Passerculus sandwichensis  
368 Grasshopper Sparrow  Ammodramus savannarum (SSC)
369 LeConte's Sparrow * Ammodramus leconteii 27 Nov 1988–2 Jan 1989 China Lake
370 Nelson's Sparrow * Ammodramus nelsoni  
371 Fox Sparrow  Passerella iliaca  
372 Song Sparrow  Melospiza melodia  
373 Lincoln's Sparrow  Melospiza lincolnii  
374 Swamp Sparrow * Melospiza georgiana  
375 White-throated Sparrow  Zonotrichia albicollis  
376 Harris's Sparrow * Zonotrichia querula  
377 White-crowned Sparrow  Zonotrichia leucophrys  
378 Golden-crowned Sparrow  Zonotrichia atricapilla  
379 Dark-eyed Junco  Junco hyemalis  
380 Yellow-breasted Chat  Icteria virens (SSC)
381 Yellow-headed Blackbird  Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (SSC)
382 Bobolink * Dolichonyx oryzivorus  
383 Western Meadowlark  Sturnella neglecta  
384 Orchard Oriole * Icterus spurius  
385 Hooded Oriole  Icterus cucullatus  
386 Bullock's Oriole  Icterus bullockii  
387 Baltimore Oriole * Icterus galbula vagrants move through in May and June and again in late September
388 Scott's Oriole  Icterus parisorum  
389 Red-winged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus (SSC) Kern subspecies
390 Tricolored Blackbird  Agelaius tricolor (SE)
391 Bronzed Cowbird * Molothrus aeneus 4 county records
392 Brown-headed Cowbird  Molothrus ater  
393 Rusty Blackbird * Euphagus carolinus 5-14 Nov 2011 Ridgecrest 18 Nov 2011 Galileo Hill 20-22 Nov 2012, Susan Steele, China Lake
394 Brewer's Blackbird  Euphagus cyanocephalus  
395 Common Grackle * Quiscalus quiscula 29 Oct 1994 Galileo Hill, 25 Oct 1995 Canebrake, 22 Apr 2009 Inyokern 9-17 Nov 2013, Tom Wurster, Galileo Hill
396 Great-tailed Grackle  Quiscalus mexicanus  
397 Ovenbird  Seiurus aurocapilla  
398 Worm-eating Warbler * Helmitheros vermivorum 24 May 1992, 22–25 Apr 2001, 17–20 May 2003, 9-10 Jun 2010, 27 May 2017 Butterbredt Spring, 12–28 Oct 2003 Galileo Hill
399 Louisiana Waterthrush * Parkesia motacilla 3-8 Sept 2012, Tom Wurster, California City
400 Northern Waterthrush  Parkesia noveboracensis  
401 Golden-winged Warbler * Vermivora chrysoptera 31 May 2008 Butterbredt Spring
402 Blue-winged Warbler * Vermivora cyanoptera 25 May 2009 Butterbredt Spring
403 Black-and-white Warbler  Mniotilta varia  
404 Prothonotary Warbler * Protonotaria citrea 10 May 1987 Butterbredt Spring,  28 May 1987 California City, 2–3 Oct 1987 Galileo Hill, 12–16 Sep 1989 Mojave, 24 May 1998 Kern River Preserve, May 2017 KRP
405 Tennessee Warbler * Oreothlypis peregrina  
406 Orange-crowned Warbler  Oreothlypis celata  
407 Lucy's Warbler * Oreothlypis luciae (BCC)
408 Nashville Warbler  Oreothlypis ruficapilla  
409 Virginia's Warbler  Oreothlypis virginiae (BCC)
410 Connecticut Warbler * Oporornis agilis 23 May 2006 Butterbredt Spring
411 MacGillivray's Warbler  Geothlypis tolmiei  
412 Mourning Warbler * Geothlypis philadelphia 16 Sep 2006 Galileo Hill Park 30 May 2012 California City, Scott Terrill, 10-11 Sep 2016 Galileo Hill. Ed Thomas
413 Kentucky Warbler * Geothlypis formosa 19 Oct 1984 California City 1st record, 5+ Galileo, 6+ Butterbredt, 3+ Kern River Preserve, 3+ Cal City, 4+ Mojave
414 Common Yellowthroat  Geothlypis trichas  
415 Hooded Warbler  Setophaga citrina  
416 American Redstart  Setophaga ruticilla  
417 Cape May Warbler * Setophaga tigrina  
418 Cerulean Warbler * Setophaga cerulea 17 May 1985 California City
419 Northern Parula * Setophaga americana  
420 Magnolia Warbler * Setophaga magnolia  
421 Bay-breasted Warbler * Setophaga castanea  
422 Blackburnian Warbler * Setophaga fusca  
423 Yellow Warbler  Setophaga petechia (BCC)
424 Chestnut-sided Warbler  Setophaga pensylvanica  
425 Blackpoll Warbler  Setophaga striata  
426 Black-throated Blue Warbler * Setophaga caerulescens  
427 Palm Warbler * Setophaga palmarum  
428 Pine Warbler * Setophaga pinus 8 Nov 2014 - Desert Memorial Park, Ridgecrest - Tom Benson, et al.
429 Yellow-rumped Warbler  Setophaga coronata  
430 Yellow-throated Warbler * Setophaga dominica 14 May 1987, 28 May 1988, 22–24 Sep 1991 California City, 10 May 2003, 17 Apr 2005, 9 Jun 2010 Butterbredt Spring 26 Apr 2005 Lebec  25 May 2008 Galileo Hill
431 Prairie Warbler * Setophaga discolor  
432 Grace's Warbler * Setophaga graciae 5 May 2013, Bob Barnes, Cerro Coso College, Ridgecrest
433 Black-throated Gray Warbler  Setophaga nigrescens  
434 Townsend's Warbler  Setophaga townsendi  
435 Hermit Warbler  Setophaga occidentalis  
436 Black-throated Green Warbler * Setophaga virens  
437 Canada Warbler * Cardellina canadensis  
438 Wilson's Warbler  Cardellina pusilla  
439 Red-faced Warbler * Cardellina rubrifrons 7-8 October 2014, Ken and Brenda Kyle,  Galileo Hill
440 Painted Redstart * Myioborus pictus  
441 Hepatic Tanager * Piranga flava (W) Galileo Hill Tom Wurster
442 Summer Tanager  Piranga rubra (SSC)
443 Scarlet Tanager * Piranga olivacea 19 Oct 1990 Mojave, 31 Oct 1997 Inyokern, 1 Oct 1998, 18 Oct 1999 Galileo Hill, 11 May 2001 California City
444 Western Tanager  Piranga ludoviciana  
445 Pyrrhuloxia * Cardinalis sinuatus 7-8 May 2011 Susan Steele  Inyokern
446 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  Pheucticus ludovicianus  
447 Black-headed Grosbeak  Pheucticus melanocephalus  
448 Blue Grosbeak  Passerina caerulea  
449 Lazuli Bunting  Passerina amoena  
450 Indigo Bunting  Passerina cyanea  
451 Painted Bunting * Passerina ciris 6–7 Oct 1992 Mojave, 1 Sep 1996 California City, 6 Oct 1990, 10 Sep 1994, 6–7 Sep 1998 Cantil, 24–27 Sep 1998 Ridgecrest, 11–12 Sep 1999, 1 Oct 2000, 14 Sep 2002 Galileo Hill, 15 Sep 2004 Cerro Coso College, Ridgecrest
452 Dickcissel * Spiza americana N Schmitt 25 Aug 2015 N Fork Isabella Reservoir

FYI: Recent American Ornithologist's Union checklists and supplements 36th through 58th editions yield the following changes relevant to Kern County birders. Changes to taxonomic nomenclature current as of 1 July 2017.

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 ... 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). Significant 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 (

Sagebrush Sparrow - Artemisiospiza nevadensis, Formerly Artemisiospiza belli nevadensis
Bell's Sparrow - Artemisiospiza belli, Formerly A. b. belli and A. b. canescens

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


AOU  56th supplement, 2015. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Changes in this supplement include the following:

Changes in taxonomic order: Rough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopus is now placed before Ferruginous Hawk - Buteo regalis

The description for the Family PSITTACULIDAE changes to: Lories, Lovebirds, and Indomalayan and Papua-Australian Parrots

The Subfamily Psittacinae is replaced by PSITTACULINAE: Indomalayan and Papua-Australian Parrots

Name changes: American Tree Sparrow genus changes from Spizella to Spizelloides arborea.


AOU 57th supplement, 2016. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Changes in this supplement include the following: Reshuffling of the list order as follows with movement of some taxa within groups but mostly just major reordering of the family groups:


QUAIL family Reshuffle
New list order for New World Quail, family Odontophoridae is as follows:
Mountain Quail
Northern Bobwhite
(introduced in Kern County, not naturalized)
California Quail
Gambel’s Quail


Podicipediformes (grebes)
Columbiformes (pigeons)
Cuculiformes (cuckoos)
Caprimulgiformes (goatsuckers and nighthawks)
Apodiformes (swifts and hummingbirds)
Gruiformes (cranes and rails)
     New Genus for Sandhill Crane
The genus Antigone has been split from Grus. Scientific name for Sandhill Crane has changed from Grus canadensis to Antigone canadensis. Antigone is the name of Oedipus’s daughter/half-sister in Greek mythology.

Charadriiformes (shorebirds, gulls, terns, auks)
Shorebird Subfamily Reshuffle
Relationships among the shorebirds are also now better understood. Below is the new classification scheme, including a change in subfamilies and in sequence. Within each genus, there is no change in sequence of the species.
Numeniinae (curlews)
   Bartramia (Upland Sandpiper)
   Numenius (traditional curlews)
Limosinae (godwits)
Arenariinae (turnstones and Calidrine sandpipers)
   Arenaria (turnstones)
   Calidris (sandpipers, including peeps)
Scolopacinae (dowitchers, snipes, and woodcocks)
   Limnodromus (dowitchers)
   Gallinago (other snipe)
Tringinae (tringines)
   Actitis (Spotted and Common sandpipers)
   Tringa (“legs”, “shanks”, tattlers, Willet, and Solitary, Green, Wood, and Marsh sandpipers)
   Phalaropus (phalaropes)

Gaviiformes (loons)
Ciconiiformes (storks)
Suliformes (gannets and boobies)
Pelecaniformes (pelicans, herons, ibises)
Cathartiformes (New World vultures)
Accipitriformes (hawks)
Strigiformes (owls)

New Sequence for Vireos
White-eyed Vireo
Bell’s Vireo
Gray Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-green Vireo

Split of Western Scrub-Jay
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
This long-anticipated split has finally happened. Reasons for the split were limited hybridization, consistent differences in voice, habitat, behavior, and morphology.
California Scrub-Jay is the more coastal species, and, predictably, it is darker in overall color. It lives in oak woodlands, which likely has led to its having a larger bill than Woodhouse’s. Woodhouse’s occurs in the Great Basin, mostly in piñon-juniper habitat. The Woodhouse's may split again but it will not affect Kern County.

A reshuffle of Old World groups of passerine families caused a move in sequence to immediately follow Ptiliogonatidae (Silky-flycatchers) and precede Calcariidae (longspurs). The following taxonomic order for species recorded in Kern County follows.
Passeridae (Old World sparrows)
Motacillidae (pipits and wagtails)
Fringillidae (true finches)

Calcariidae (longspurs)

Parulidae (Wood-Warblers)
Emberizidae (Emberizids)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Blackbirds)


AOS 58th supplement, 2017. These are the following changes pertinent to Kern County only. Changes include the following:

New sequence and genera changes:

remove Chen as a genus...

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens ➛ Anser caerulescens)
Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii ➛ Anser rossii)
Graylag Goose (Anser anser) not on official Kern County list : this is the species of domestic goose in most parks
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)


... add new genera Spatula and Mareca

Garganey (Anas querquedula ➛ Spatula querquedula)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors ➛ Spatula discors)
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera ➛ Spatula cyanoptera)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata ➛ Spatula clypeata)
Gadwall (Anas strepera ➛ Mareca strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope ➛ Mareca penelope)
American Wigeon (Anas americana ➛ Mareca americana)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)

AOS has reordered of the following families:

Emberizidae - Old World Buntings
Passerellidae - New World Sparrows
Icteriidae - Yellow-breasted Chats
Icteridae - Blackbirds
Parulidae - Wood-Warblers


AOS has reordered many species of sandpipers, finches, and blackbirds.


Lose a species/gain a species - (add Iceland Gull - subtract Thayer's Gull.) Thayer’s Gull disappeared and is now described as a subspecies of Iceland Gull - Larus glaucoides thayeri
Northern Harrier (epithet change) has been split into two species: the North American species retains its common name but changes its specific epithet. Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius). The Hen Harrier of Eurasia retains the Scientific name.
Hen Harrier* (Circus cyaneus)
Evidence of a difference in the "Northern Shrikes" of Siberian and North America has split them into two species: Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis) and Great Gray Shrike* (Lanius excubitor). This changes the epithet of the species that rarely ventures into Kern County.
LeConte's Thrasher and LeConte's Sparrow lose the space in Le Conte's due to evidence LeConte spelled his name without the space.

The problem of where to place the Yellow-breasted Chat is finally solved albeit a bit awkwardly, the chat is now placed in its very own family Icteriidae just before Icteridae (blackbirds).

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