Audubon's Kern Audubon Society Field Trips

Many Kern Audubon Society members are interested in taking field trips to some of the interesting places in Kern County, to see birds, wildlife, and habitats. Kern County has a great variety of birds: a recent publication by Audubon of California "Important Bird Areas" indicates 13 different places in the county that have special bird populations, based either on size or variety of the bird population or presence of protected species.
Beginning birders are welcome; the more experienced members will help you learn to identify birds.

Kern Audubon conducts field trips:

-Weekend trips, usually on Saturday, occasionally on Sunday mornings. We try to schedule trips either to new sites, or to places we've visited before. In the past 12 months we have made trips to Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wind Wolves Preserve, Tule Elk State Reserve, Poso Creek, Lake Ming/Hart Park, the Kern Water Bank, Kern River Preserve, BHutterbredt Spring, Galileo Hill, Atwell Island Restoration Project, Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and
others.

Travel Details
Information about where to meet for each field trip will be announced in the monthly newsletter (the Warbler) and on the website. Carpooling is encouraged and in some instances required due to the type of field trip and parking conditions at the site.

If you have questions, contact the Field Trip Coordinators: Deb See (805-0232), Bill Moffatt (201-9279).

Equipment Needed
Bring binoculars, bird guides, snacks, drinks, warm or cool clothes. Sunscreen and insect repellent may be needed. The chapter does have extra binoculars that can be borrowed on field trips.

THE FOLLOWING TRIPS ARE SCHEDULED FOR COMING MONTHS
Additional trips will be posted as they are scheduled.

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  APRIL FIELD TRIPS

Sat. April 8, 6:30am - Desert Tortoise Preserve

As a follow-up to the April 4th program on desert tortoises and the preserve in the Mojave Desert, Madi Elsea will lead a field trip to the preserve and a stop at California City’s Central Park, a birding hotspot. At the preserve we will have a naturalist-led tour. An early start is important, so we will meet to carpool at the Stockdale Park n Ride (Stockdale Hiway between Hiway 99 & Kaiser) at 6:30am. Bring water, snacks, hat, $10 (for drivers), binoculars. We will stop at the Subway in Cal City on the way home for lunch. Call Madi (322-7470) for more info. Chance to see wildflowers, too!

sunset over the mojave desert

Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 am - Fort Tejon & Quail Lake

Bill Moffat will lead this birding field trip to Ft.Tejon and vicinity and then to the Quail Lakes area. We will do short walks at each location. Early migrants and mountain species will be seen. This will be an enjoyable morning for birders of all levels. Meet to carpool at the Stockdale Hwy/Hwy 99 Park n Ride located between Real Rd. & Hiway 99 at 7:30 AM. Bring snacks/lunch, water, binos, layered clothes. We will also have binoculars to loan. $10 gas donation suggested for drivers. We will return after lunch. Call Bill for more info at 661-805-0232.

Sat. April 15, 7:00am - Kern River Preserve

Reed Tollefson, Kern River Preserve’s manager, will lead this outing at the preserve. Expect to see spring migrants as well as year-round birds. Meet Ginny Dallas at the Costco Rosedale (near the gas station) to carpool to the preserve in Weldon. Bring water, snacks, a lunch, binocs, $10 for drivers. Call Ginny 301-8188 for more info.

Sat. April 22 - Piute Ponds

Kern Auduobn-Tehachpi’s Greg Hargleroad will lead this outing to Piute Ponds located on Edwards Air Force Base near Mojave. Meet at 8:00am at the Tehachapi Burger King to carpool. Bring binocs, snacks,water. Bakersfield birders meet at 7:15am at the Stockdale ParknRide (between Real Rd. & Hiway 99) to carpool to Tehachapi meeting spot. For information: 818-645-3664 ($10 for drivers)

 

MAY FIELD TRIPS

Wed. May 3, 8:30am - Birds n Bikes

The Kern River is flowing and the birds are abundant! We will be taking a bike ride along the western end of the Kern River bike path, starting at Enos Lane, also known as Hiway 43. We will meet at the Enos Lane parking lot which is located on Hiway 43 just north of the intersection of 43 & Interstate 5. Bring water, snacks, binoculars (we have loaners, too), sunscreen, hats and a bike. Contact Deb 809-6135 or Bill 805-0232, who will be leading the outing, for more information.

Sat/Sun May 13-14 - Desert Birding

Birding expert Alison Sheehey (natureali.org) will be leading this birding weekend to California City & vicinity and to Butterbredt Springs, an oasis in Jawbone Canyon for migrating birds. You can participate in all or part of the weekend, depending on your schedule and stamina!

The weekend begins at the Best Western Hotel in California City at 5:45am on Sat. May 13 (yes, you read that right!), so you might want to arrive the night before at the Best Western or at a hotel or campground of your choice. Birding will start on the nearby golfcourse before the golfers arrive.

If 5:45am is to early for you, you can meet Deb See & Bill Moffat at 7:00am in the parking lot of Cal City’s Central Park for birding there several hours with Ali. Central Park is known as a birding hotspot. Following lunch in California City, the group will be visiting nearby desert birding spots still being planned. The evening will end with dinner in California City, followed by motel stays there or camping at Butterbredt Springs, about an hour’s drive from Cal City, where birding will begin early Sunday morning.

On Sun. May 14th, birding begins at 5:30am, which is essential to seeing the potentially thousands of songbirds migrating across the desert to this spring and resting place before moving on to the mountains. This takes place a few hours before and after dawn! Meet Deb, Bill & Ali at Butterbredt. Depending on participants, birding may continue that afternoon in Kelso Valley or Lake Isabella. Contact Deb or Bill (see contact info above) to RSVP & info.

Sat. May 27 - Tehachapi Mountain Park

Greg Hargleroad will lead this Kern Audubon-Tehachapi outing to Tehachapi Mountain Park where we hope to see birds adapted to both oak and pine forests. Meet at Burger King at 8 am or at Mountain Park at 8:30. Bakersfield birders meet at the Park n Ride at 7:15 to carpool. The ParknRide is located on Stockdale Hiway between Real Rd & Hiway 99. Contact Greg (818-645-3664) for information.

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Past Field Trips

JANUARY FIELD TRIPS

Christmas Bird Counts are still planned in January, so feel free to participate. Call the leader for more information: Sunday Jan. 1, 2017 - Kern River Valley, Bob Barnes (760)382-1260,
Wednesday Jan 4, 2017- Tehachapi area, Larry Parmeter (559)276-8753

Tue. January 17 - Lake Ming - 8:00 am

Roger Coley will lead us on a wonderful morning of winter birding along Lake Ming off Alfred Harrell Highway. Expect to see waterfowl and winter birds. Meet at the first parking lot, dress warm, bring binocs, water, snacks. Contact Roger for more info: 832-1820.

 

Sat. January 21 - Bakersfield Treatment Ponds - 8:30 - 11:30 am

Gary File will meet us at the south end of Mt Vernon off hwy 58, then right at the Bakersfield Sewer Treatment Ponds. This is a spot with a multitude of waterfowl and shorebirds...good birding and photography opportunities. Birders wanting to bird longer in the day, there is a possibility Gary will be available for additional birding. Bring water, binoculars, snacks and dress in layers. For more information call Deb 661-809-6135 Good for all levels of birders!

Kern Audubon-Tehachapi

Tuesday JANUARY 31, 2017 - 7:00PM

Golden Hills Elementary School cafeteria -- 20215 Park Road, Tehachapi

“BIRDING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS TO AMAZING EXPERTS”

Bob Barnes, Birder Extraordinaire

Bob will be the speaker at our quarterly Kern Audubon-Tehachapi meeting at Golden Hills School. Bring binoculars, birding books, iPads, Smart Phones, laptop computers, etc. so we can learn about the many birding resources available.

Bob Barnes is the past Director of Bird Conservation Programs for Audubon California and has 35+ years experience leading over 250 formal birding field trips to Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Costa Rica. A Master Teacher, he has taught beginning birding extension classes for California State University Bakersfield.

PLUS... As part of Bob’s commitment to birds and birding, he will be leading two Tehachapi field trip workshops where he will focus on foundations of observing and identifying birds. Field trips will be to local birding spots where he will give instruction and assistance as we practice hands-on techniques in the field. Attend either or both of these field trip opportunities:

Saturday January 27, 9am - noon , field trip 1

Meet at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd. at 8:30 a.m. and we’ll start our adventure at a local lake where Bob will teach and demonstrate bird identification techniques. We’ll have time to practice, ask questions, and get individual coaching. Those who wish will follow up with lunch at a local restaurant. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, dress warm

Tuesday, January 31, 2017. 9am - noon , field trip 2

We’ll visit another local birding area to get more practice and experience. Meet at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd. at 8:30 a.m. Bob will continue teaching techniques, answering questions and coaching individuals. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, dress warm.

Questions? Call Dixie: 661/599-1889

 

 

DECEMBER FIELD TRIPS

Wed. December 14 - Beale Park and the Kern River @ Sam Lynn Ball Park.
Bill Moffat will lead a morning of birding as part of the Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count. We will start  at Beale Park (Oleander & Dracena), a noted birding hot spot, from 8:30 - 10:30am. For those who want to continue on or join us later, the birding will continue along the Kern River behind Sam Lynn Ballpark on North Chester from 11:00 - 1:00pm.  This will be a wonderful experience for birders of all levels. We will provide binoculars if needed. 

8:30am - Meet at Beale Park on Oleander near the amphitheater (north side of the park). For Sam Lynn Ballpark, take the first right turn past the ball field and drive to parking area along the canal. Walk over the canal bridge to the viewing area along the river. We will be contributing our sightings to the Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count. Call Bill, 661-201-9279, for more information.

Note: The official Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count starts that morning at 7:00 am in Hart Park at Mirror Dr. Contact John Wilson, 661-747-4628 if you are interested in participating in this aspect of the CBC started in 1949-1950 and held continuously since 1973.

 

Sunday Dec. 11, 2016 - Birding Tour of San Emigdio Canyon at Wind Wolves Preserve

Wind Wolves is a 100,000 acre preserve in southern Kern Co with grasslands and mountains and great birding!   One of the staff members from the preserve who loves birding will lead us on  this outing which should include raptor sightings and more. Meet at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale Hiway across from CSUB at Don Hart Drive at 7:45am to carpool or meet at Wind Wolves administration center at 8:30am. We will use the preserve's van with some folks carpooling as needed with walkie-talkies. Bring water, snacks & sack lunch and $5 for gas to driver; return after lunch.

Please call Deb 809-6135 to RSVP as waivers need to be completed before we arrive!!

 

 

NOVEMBER FIELD TRIPS

TUES NOV 8, 8:30AM - TRUXTUN LAKE
Bill Moffat will lead this morning outing along the shores of Truxtun Lakes where we can expect to see fall migrants, wintering birds, waterfowl, shorebirds and year-round residents. Beginning birders especially welcome! Meet at the Truxtun Extension parking lot between Mohawk and the painted water tower at 8:30am. Wear good walking shoes, bring water/snacks. Binocs are suggested and we have some to loan. Contact Bill (661-201-9279) for more information.

SAT NOV 19, AFTERNOON/EVENING 1:30- 7:00- LOWER TULE RIVER & RETURN OF THE CRANES EVENT @ PIXLEY NWR
This promises to be a great afternoon & evening of birding just north of Kern county. Meet at the Rosedale Costco parking lot, 1:30PM near the gas station for carpooling. Bring a SACK DINNER, snacks & water, binoculars, walking shoes, flashlight, jacket & $10 for carpool drivers.

The lower Tule River is a great migrant trap in the fall where we can observe the birds in riparian vegetation. We'll head towards the Tule Riveri just west of Hwy 43, about 8 miles north of Pixley. Gradually, we'll make our way south and east towards Pixley, and look along the way for foraging Sandhill Cranes, Mountain Plovers, White-faced Ibis, long-billed Curlews, burrowing owls, 3 species of blackbirds, and many more.

The Return of the Cranes event will start at 3:00 PM at the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge-- see inside poster!

Those wishing to only attend the Sandhill Crane event can meet at Pixley NWR at 3-3:30pm. It's a 45 minute drive from Bakersfield to Earlimart via Hiway 99. Go west at Avenue 56 approx 5.7 miles to a sign to refuge. Turn right (north) on Road 88 and go 1 mile to the refuge parking lot. Contact Deb See( 661-809-6135) for more information.

 

SAT. NOVEMER 26 - STALLION SPRINGS COVERED BRIDGE

Kern Audubon-Tehachapi will host a morning walk at the Stallion Springs covered bridge at Horsethief Park. Swallows, fall migrants & resident birds will be abundant! Meet at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd at 8:00am or at the covered bridge at 8:30am. Bakersfield birders meet at the Stockdale ParknRide at 7:15am to carpool. Bring your Thanksgiving visitors! Call leader Greg Hargleroad for info: 818/645-3664.

 

Tuesday, October 11, 8:00am - Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area

Join Bill Moffat for a morning of birding at the Buena Vista lake about 30 miles west of Bakersfield where we can expect to see migrating songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds. A great location for new birders. Loaner binoculars available. Meet at 8:00am at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale Hiway & Don Harte Dr. across from CSUB to carpool or at 8:30am at Buena Vista Rec. Area Bring water, snacks, binocs,

Lunch optional at the BV golf course cafe or BYO. Call Bill (201-9279) for more information.

Sat. October 22, 7:30am - Kern River

A friend of Kern Audubon has invited us to his private residence along the Kern River for a morning of birding (7:30 -10am). There will be light walking involved --walking sticks are optional! Bring water and binoculars (loaners available). To RSVP, contact Deb See: 809-6135 and for directions.

 

Green-Tailed Towhee by Alison Sheehey

Saturday October 29 - Paradise Valley Rd., Tehachapi

Join KAS-Tehachapi leader Greg Hargleroad for a morning of birding along beautiful Paradise Valley Road in Tehachapi, which borders the Norbertine Convent. We’ll be looking for migrants and year-round resident birds. The Green-tailed Towhee is always a favorite! Meet at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd (Kmart shopping center) at 8:00am. Bring binoculars, dress in layers, snacks, water. Bakersfield birders will meet to carpool at 7:15pm at the ParknRide on Stockdale Hiway between Real Rd & Hiway 99.

Call Greg for info: 818/645-3664.


Tuesday, Sept. 13 - 8:00-10:30 AM - Uplands Kern River Walk
      Join Kern Audubon on the Kern River for the first walk of the fall season. Bill Moffat will be taking us along the flowing Kern and the river uplands near Stramler/Sam Lynn Baseball Park (4009 Chester Ave.). We will see herons, egrets, wading birds and some early migrants.  Bring water, snacks, binoculars and spotting scopes. Loaner binoculars provided if needed. 
       Sam Lynn Baseball Park is on Chester, north of the Kern Co.Museum. Turn left at Sam Lynn at 40th St., drive past the batting cages and the baseball park to first fenced baseball field on the right. Turn right and follow the short gravel road to parking area behind the baseball park. We will walk across the bridge/bike path to the shaded viewing area along the river (It has some seating.)  There will be a small amount of walking to other viewing areas close by. Call Deb See for more information at 661-805-0232.

 Saturday, Sept. 17th - 8:00-11:00 AM - Beginning Birding at Hart Park
 Expert birder John Wilson will be leading a morning of beginning birding at Hart Park. This will be an excellent opportunity for those new to birding to learn more about the how’s & what’s of birding. Expect to see waterbirds, resident birds and fall migrants.  Meet at the east side of Hart Park at the intersection of Alfred Harrell Hwy and River Road. Bring water, snacks, and binoculars. Loaner binoculars available. Call Deb for information at 661-805-0232.

Saturday, Sept. 24th -- Tom Sawyer Lake & Brite Creek, Tehachapi - Greg Hargleroad, member of Kern Audubon-Tehachapi, will lead this morning outing to this newly created nature preserve and open space in the Tehachapi area off of Wofford-Tehachapi Rd. Meet to carpool at the Tehachapi Burger King in the Kmart shopping center at 8:00am.  Bakersfield birders meet at the Stockdale ParknRide at 7:15am to carpool to Tehachapi. Call Greg for more info:
818/645-3664.

 


Sat. July 9, 6:15am - Kern River Preserve & environs

Alison Sheehey will lead this annual summer field trip to see the summer migrants at Audubon's KRPreserve: Summer Tanager ("Flying Neon Tomato"), Willow Flycatcher and (hopefully) the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, among many others. An early morning start is important to beat the heat! Bring water, snacks, a lunch, binocs, hat, sunscreen. Meet at Albertson's parking lot on Mt Vernon & Hiway 178 near the donut shop. Call Madi (549-2391) for information. (For those who want to continue birding with Ali, she plans to go into the Greenhorn Mtns. to look for woodpeckers.)

JUNE & JULY FIELD TRIPS

 

Wed. June 8 ,2016 - Bitter Creek Condor Wildlife Refuge

This will be a Wednesday outing with the US Fish & Wildlife at Bitter Creek Reserve near Maricopa. Staff will be working on birds in the capture area so we are likely to see a number of condors and others. We will be on the reserve from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Four wheel vehicles are recommended to allow us more coverage of the reserve, so carpooling is important. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, and binoculars. (Extra binocs available if needed.)

This trip is limited to 25 people by the USF&W so RSVP Deb See, 661-805-0232 for meet times and car pooling.

 

Sat. July 16, 6:15am - Kern River Preserve & environs

Alison Sheehey will lead this annual summer field trip to see the summer migrants at Audubon’s KRPreserve: Summer Tanager (“Flying Neon Tomato), Willow Flycatcher and (hopefully) the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, among many others. An early morning start is important to beat the heat! Bring water, snacks, a lunch, binocs, hat, sunscreen. Meet at Albertson’s parking lot on Mt Vernon & Hiway 178 near the donut shop. Call Madi (549-2391) for information. (For those who want to continue birding with Ali, she plans to go into the Greenhorn Mtns. to look for woodpeckers.)

 

 

May 1st, Sunday: The Nature Conservancy Lands in Caliente
A field trip visit with our May meeting speaker to ranch property acquired by The Nature Conservancy near Caliente. Details on meeting time and directions will be given to those who RSVP. Space is limited. Call Deb See at 661-805-0232

 

SAT/SUN  MAY 7 & 8-  Desert Birding and Campout
A weekend of birding will be led by birder extraordinaire Alison Sheehey in early May. We will meet Sat. May 7 at 7:00 AM at the Best Western Hotel in California City (also a great place to stay on Friday night). We will then visit various birding hotspots in eastern Kern County, including Galileo Hill desert oasis, then ending up at Butterbredt Springs (desert oasis) around 8pm to camp for the night. Early Sunday morning (5:30am) birding before dawn is essential to experience the spectacle of songbirds migrating through Butterbredt and on into the southern Sierras. In 2014 our group saw approximately 10,000 migrating songbirds just in the first few hours before & after dawn!  After Butterbredt we will explore the Kelso Valley and Piute Mtn. area, and possibly Audubon's Kern River Preserve and Lake Isabella. 
Note: Another Friday night option is camping at Red Rock Canyon State Park (no fee, courtesy of Bill Moffat) with Ali, Bill, and Deb, with possible owling. Join us if you can for all or any portion of this event. Please call with questions/RSVP to Deb See at 661-805-0232.


 
SAT. MAY 14   - Stallion Springs
Kern Audubon-Tehachapi will host this birding field trip to the Stallion Springs area near Tehachapi to bird ponds and riparian habitats.  Cliff Swallows are nesting on the covered bridge!  Bakersfield birders should meet at the ParknRide on Stockdale near Hiway 99 at 7:15am to carpool to the Burger King in Tehachapi to meet leader Greg Hargleroad at 8:00am.   Bring snacks, water, binoculars.  Bear Valley birders can contact Greg for a meeting place in Stallion Springs: 818/645-3664 and for more information.
 
  TUES. MAY 24, 8:30AM - Truxton Lake
  Bill Moffat will lead this morning outing along the shores of Truxtun Lakes where we can expect to see   late migrants, waterfowl, shorebirds and year-round residents. Beginning birders especially welcome!   Meet at the Truxtun Extension parking lot between Mohawk and the painted water tower at 8:30am.   Wear good walking shoes, bring water/snacks. Binocs are suggested and we have some to loan.    Contact Bill (661-201-9279) for more information.

 

APRIL FIELD TRIPS

April 16, Saturday, 8:00am - Tehachapi Mountain Park

Join leader Greg Hargelroad on this morning walk through pine forest habitat in the Tehachapi mountains. We will be looking for spring migrants as well as white-breasted nuthatch, chickadees, woodpeckers. Dress layered, bring water & snacks, binoculars. Bakersfield birders meet 7:15am at the Stockdale ParknRide near Hiway 99 to carpool to meet Greg and Tehachapi birders 8:00am at the Tehachapi Burger King (Kmart shopping center)

 

April 19th, Tuesday, 8:15 AM - Look and Lounge birding on the Kern River

Thanks to a generous offer from John & Ginger Moorhouse, Kern Audubon has the opportunity to bird a special section of the Kern River. Meet for carpooling at the Mt. Vernon Albertsons parking lot near the donut shop to leave by 8:15 AM. Bring snacks, water, field guides, folding chair (some benches are there,) and binoculars. Spotting scopes welcome. This will be a great outing for all level of birders.

 

April 23rd, Saturday, 7:45am -Tejon Ranch

Scot Pipkin will lead us along the San Joaquin Valley side of Tejon Ranch. To caravan/carpool be at the park-and-ride lot at Hwy 99 and Stockdale Highway to leave at 7:45AM. We will meet Scot at the Sebastian Rd. gate at 8:30AM. Dress for changing weather. Bring water, snacks, field guides and binoculars. Boots are advised in case some walking is needed. Beautiful landscape and great birding! Call Deb for more info: 805-0232

 

April 27th, Wednesday: 6:30 PM Twilight at Tule

Ranger Bill Moffat will take us on an early evening Auto Safari into the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve. At sunset, from the Day Use viewing platform, we will witness Tri-colored Blackbirds returning to roost in the wetlands. At the same time we may also observe feeding Lesser Nighthawks above the wetlands and open grasslands. Meet at 6:00pm to carpool at the Kern Parkway parking lot on Stockdale across from CSUB. Call Bill for info: 201-9279. Light snacks provided.

 

May 1st, Sunday: The Nature Conservancy Lands in Caliente

A field trip visit with our May meeting speaker to ranch property acquired by The Nature Conservancy near Caliente. Details on meeting time and directions will be given to those who RSVP. Space is limited. Call Deb See at 661-805-0232

 

 

Tuesday, March, 8th @ 8:00am - Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area

Join Bill Moffat for a morning of birding at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area about 30 miles west of Bakersfield where we can expect to see migrating songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds. This will be a great location for new birders. We will also have binoculars to loan. Meet at 8:00am at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale Hiway across from CSUB to carpool or at 8:30am at Buena Vista Rec. Area Bring water, snacks, binocs, We will be returning after lunch at the Buena Vista golf course (or bring own lunch). Call Deb (805-0232) or Bill (201-9279) for more information.

 

Saturday March 12 - Piute Ponds at Edwards Air Force Base

The Piute Ponds are located about 6 miles southeast of Rosamond in the Mojave Desert on the southwestern edge of Edwards Air Force Base. The ponds form part of the Harley Berthow Recreation Area and are home to over 200 species of migratory birds. It is also the largest remaining freshwater wetlands in Los Angeles County and is an Audubon Important Bird Area. Misty Hailstone & Greg Hargleroad will lead this field trip onto the Air Force Base.

Bakersfield birders should meet at the Stockdale Park n Ride (on Stockdale Hiway between Hiway 99 and Real Rd.) promptly by 7:15am to carpool, then meeting Greg and Tehachapi birders at the Tehachapi Burger King at 8:00am. Contact Greg for more information: 818/645-3664. Bring $5 for transportation, water, snacks, sack lunch.

 

Saturday, March 19th @ 8:30 am - Wind Wolves Preserve

Join us for a day of birding and wildlife at the Wind Wolves Nature Festival. There will be hikes and activities for all ages and birders. Meet at the Kern River Parkway parking lot across from CSUB at 7:45am if you would like to carpool or caravan to the Preserve. Bring lunch, binos, water, and layered clothing. Contact Deb See for more information: 805-0232.

 


Black Skimmer (usgs photo)

Caspian Tern (USFW)

Sat. - Sun. Jan. 30-31 - Southern Calif Wildlife Reserve & Sanctuary

The field trip committee is planning a weekend birding opportunity in the southland! Sat. Jan 30 will be birding at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach in the morning followed by an afternoon visit to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine to check out the birds of the marsh, both migrant and resident. (geese, ducks, grebes, quail, pelicans & cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis, birds of prey, rails & coots, stilts & avocets, shorebirds, gulls & terns, skimmers, doves, hummingbirds, kingfishers, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, crows & ravens, swallows, Wrentits & bushtits, wrens, kinglets & gnatcatchers, mockingbirds & thrashers, pipits & waxwings, warblers, towhees & sparrows, blackbirds & finches) On Sunday the group will join with Sea & Sage Audubon for a bird walk at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve in Newport Beach (Orange Co.) to check out the seasonal shorebirds, ducks, grebes, herons & egrets, etc. that frequent the bay.  

If you are interested in this trip, contact Bill Moffat (201-9279) or Deb See (805-0232) for more information.

 

Sat. Feb. 6, 9:00am - Bakersfield area ponds
Al Caetano will lead this morning excursion (9am - noon) to three ponds: Oswell re-charge pond, Lake Ming and Hart Lake. Winter waterfowl and shorebirds should be observable and a good opportunity to practice ID skills. Meet at the recharge pond near the corner of Hiway 58 and Oswell. along the frontage road.Call Al for more information: 833-6705

 

Great Backyard Bird Count, February 12-15, 2016 -- Count birds wherever you are! www.birdcount.org

 

Sat. Feb. 20 - Tom Sawyer Lake, Tehachapi
Join leader Greg Hargelroad for a morning of birding at Tom Sawyer Lake and along Brite Creek. Recent rains have brought water to the lake and creek so we should see some interesting birds. Bakersfield birders should meet at the Park n Ride (Stockdale Hiway between Hiway 99 & Real Rd.) for carpooling to Tehachapi, meeting Greg and others at 8:00am. Dress warmly, bring water/snacks, binoculars. Call Greg for info: 818-645-3664.

Tuesday. Feb. 23rd, 8:30 am - Truxtun Lake
Bill Moffat will lead this outing around Truxtun Lakes where we can expect to see late migrants, wintering waterfowl, shorebirds and year-round residents. Beginning birders especially welcome! Meet at the Truxtun Extension parking lot between Mohawk and the painted watertower. Good walking shoes, water/snacks, binocs are suggested. Contact Bill (661-201-9279) for more information.

Sunday Feb. 28, 1:15pm - Kern & Pixley Nat'l Wildlife Refuges
Join us for an afternoon and early evening outing to nearby wildlife refuges. We will visit Kern NWR first to view late wintering ducks and shorebirds before traveling to Pixley NWR to watch the Sandhill Cranes as they fly onto the refuge at sunset. The cranes will head north in early March to their Canadian nesting grounds, so this is the last opportunity to see this beautiful spectacle of cranes and their haunting sound. Meet at the Rosedale Costco parking lot near the gas station. Bring snacks or sack dinner, binoculars, walking shoes. We will return by 7pm. Call Madi for info: 322-7470.

 


California Quail by Bill Lydecker

Tuesday, January, 19 - Bird & Bike along the Kern River Parkway, 9:00am

Join Bill Moffat (201-9279) for a morning of birding & biking! Meet at the Kern River parking lot off Manor Drive across from Calvary Church. Bring your own bike, binocs, snacks,and water. A leisurely ride & birding opportunity to spot resident and late migrants.


Kingfisher

Buffleheads

Sat. Jan 23 - Tehachapi area ponds

Greg Hargleroad will lead this outing to several ponds in the Tehachapi area including those associated with sewage treatment plant, groundwater recharge basin, and other water bodies time permitting. Dress warmly! We will meet to carpool at 8:00am at the Tehachapi Burger King in the Kmart shopping center. Bakersfield birders can meet at 7:15am to carpool at the Stockdale ParknRide between Hiway 99 & Real Rd. behind Kaiser. Call Greg for info: 818-645-3664.

 


Black Skimmer (usgs photo)

Caspian Tern (USFW)

Sat. - Sun. Jan. 30-31 - Southern Calif Wildlife Reserve & Sanctuary

The field trip committee is planning a weekend birding opportunity in the southland! Sat. Jan 30 will be birding at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach in the morning followed by an afternoon visit to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine to check out the birds of the marsh, both migrant and resident. (geese, ducks, grebes, quail, pelicans & cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis, birds of prey, rails & coots, stilts & avocets, shorebirds, gulls & terns, skimmers, doves, hummingbirds, kingfishers, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, crows & ravens, swallows, Wrentits & bushtits, wrens, kinglets & gnatcatchers, mockingbirds & thrashers, pipits & waxwings, warblers, towhees & sparrows, blackbirds & finches) On Sunday the group will join with Sea & Sage Audubon for a bird walk at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve in Newport Beach (Orange Co.) to check out the seasonal shorebirds, ducks, grebes, herons & egrets, etc. that frequent the bay.  

If you are interested in this trip, contact Bill Moffat (201-9279) or Deb See (805-0232) for more information.

 

DECEMBER FIELD TRIPS

Sunday, December 13, 9:00 am - Panorama Vista Preserve
Meet leader Andy Honig at the gate to PVP at the east end of Roberts Lane (off Manor Drive) to enjoy the birds of the preserve in both riparian and grassland/scrub environments. Progress of the vegetative restoration work done our monthly Audubon workdays, can be viewed as well. Walking shoes, binocs, etc. Call Andy for info: 325-0026 (pictures are by Bill Lydecker and Andy Honig taken at the Panorama Vista Preserve)

 

Wednesday Walk, December 16 - Heritage Park & Beale Parks, Bakersfield
Bill Moffat will lead a morning of birding as part of the Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count. We will meet first at Heritage Park, a noted birding hot spot at Mt. Vernon & Bernard St., just south of Hwy 178, from 8:30 - 10:30am. For those who want to continue on or join us then, the birding will continue at Beale Park and the Oleander area from 11:00 - 1:00pm. We will be contributing our sightings to the Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count. For Heritage Park meet at the parking lot at the end of Heritage Road, off Mount Vernon, at 8:30am. For Beale Park meet on Oleander near amphitheater at 11am. Call Bill , 661-201-9279, for more information.

 

The official Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count starts that morning at 7:00 am at Mirror Dr. in Hart Park. Contact John Wilson, 661-747-4628 if you are interested in participating in this aspect of the CBC started in 1949-1950 and held continuously since 1973. 

 

 Upcoming in January: Mark your calendars for a January 2016 birding trip, January 30-31. On Saturday we'll be visiting Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (Huntington Beach) around noon and San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Irvine) in mid-afternoon. On Sunday there's an Upper Newport Bay bird walk by Sea and Sage Audubon Society 8:00-10:30am.

(www.seaandsageaudubon.org) Details to follow in next month’s Warbler.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS - KERN COUNTY

WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2015 - Bakersfield CBCCompiler: John Wilson (661) 366-0283 - began 1949 -1950 and resumed in 1973

SATURDAY, December 19, 2015 Butterbredt CBC Compiler: Charles Bragg, Phone: (310) 454-9662 - year began

Lancaster CBC, Los Angeles/Kern Counties Compiler: Mary & Nick Freeman, Phone: (818) 247-6172 - began 1980

SUNDAY, December 20, 2015 - China Lake CBC, Kern County Compiler: Pete Woodman, Phone: (760) 377-3466 - year began 1957

MONDAY, December 21, 2015 - Tehachapi CBC Compiler: Larry Parmeter,
Phone: (559) 276-8753 - year began 1992

TUESDAY, December 29, 2015 - Bear Valley Springs CBC
Compiler: Ron Melin, Phone: (310) 540-2775 - year began 1995

SATURDAY, January 2, 2016 - South Fork Valley CBC
Compiler Denise LaBerteaux, Phone: (760) 378-4278 - year began 1992

SUNDAY, January 3, 2016 - Kern River Valley CBC
Compilers: Alison Sheehey & Bob Barnes, Phone:(760) 382-1260 - began 1979

Participants are typically assigned to teams based on their bird identification skill level and endurance. The count results are tabulated by National Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Help is needed on many of these counts, so find one that interests you and contact the compiler for more information. (New birders are paired with veterans, so you don’t have to be an expert.) Too cold to come out on a December or January day? How about keeping a list of birds that you see in your yard on that day (be a “feeder watcher”), or you can join a team to cover a territory near your home. Beginners to experts are welcome, maybe you know the area that a visiting birder doesn't. If you’ve ever heard yourself say, “Maybe it’d be fun to learn birds,” here’s a geat opportunity! Call the contacts listed above to participate at any level.

For more information about the bird counts please call Ali Sheehey (760) 382-1260.


rose-ringed parakeet by Ali Sheehey

Merlin by Ali Sheehey
 

DECEMBER FIELD TRIPS

Sunday, December 13, 9:00 am - Panorama Vista Preserve
Meet leader Andy Honig at the gate to PVP at the east end of Roberts Lane (off Manor Drive) to enjoy the birds of the preserve in both riparian and grassland/scrub environments. Progress of the vegetative restoration work done our monthly Audubon workdays, can be viewed as well. Walking shoes, binocs, etc. Call Andy for info: 325-0026 (pictures are by Bill Lydecker and Andy Honig taken at the Panorama Vista Preserve)

 

Wednesday Walk, December 16 - Heritage Park & Beale Parks, Bakersfield
Bill Moffat will lead a morning of birding as part of the Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count. We will meet first at Heritage Park, a noted birding hot spot at Mt. Vernon & Bernard St., just south of Hwy 178, from 8:30 - 10:30am. For those who want to continue on or join us then, the birding will continue at Beale Park and the Oleander area from 11:00 - 1:00pm. We will be contributing our sightings to the Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count. For Heritage Park meet at the parking lot at the end of Heritage Road, off Mount Vernon, at 8:30am. For Beale Park meet on Oleander near amphitheater at 11am. Call Bill , 661-201-9279, for more information.

 

The official Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count starts that morning at 7:00 am at Mirror Dr. in Hart Park. Contact John Wilson, 661-747-4628 if you are interested in participating in this aspect of the CBC started in 1949-1950 and held continuously since 1973. 

 

 Upcoming in January: Mark your calendars for a January 2016 birding trip, January 30-31. On Saturday we'll be visiting Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (Huntington Beach) around noon and San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Irvine) in mid-afternoon. On Sunday there's an Upper Newport Bay bird walk by Sea and Sage Audubon Society 8:00-10:30am.

(www.seaandsageaudubon.org) Details to follow in next month’s Warbler.

 

 

 

May Field Trips

Sat/Sun May 2-3 - Desert Birding & Campout

A weekend of birding led by birder extraordinaire Alison Sheehey is planned for the first weekend in May. We will meet Sat. May 2 (location & time to be determined)and visit various birding hotspots in eastern Kern County then ending up at Butterbredt Springs (desert oasis) around 8pm to camp for the night. Early morning (5:30am) birding before dawn is essential to experience the spectacle of migrating songbirds through Butterbredt and on into the mountains. Last year's group saw approximately 10,000 migrating songbirds just in the first few hours before & after dawn! After Butterbredt we will explore the Piute Mtn. area, Audubon's Kern River Preserve and Lake Isabella. Details are being worked out and if you would like more information, please call/RSVP to Deb See at 661/805-0232.

 

May 16, 2015 - Tehachapi Mountain Park

Join Kern Audubon-Tehachapi for a walk through the mountain habitat above Tehachapi. We will be on the lookout for late migrants and nesting birds. Mountain Quail, WesternTanager , woodpecker species are some of the birds we’re hoping to see. Contact Angela (304-6816) or Greg (818/645-3664) for info. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

Bakersfield birders meet at the Stockdale ParknRide (Stockdale between Real Rd. & Hiway 99) at 6:30am or 6:45am at the Starbucks at Hiway 58 & Weedpatch Hiway. Tehachapi birders meet at the Kmart parking lot near the Burger King at 7:30. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, and binoculars. Please plan on carpooling - $5 for drivers!

 

 

 


Male Tricolored Blackbird by Monte Taylor

April Field Trips

Great Egret with Lizard by Andy Honig

Sun. April 12, 10:00am - Woody

We will visit and observe a colony of Tricolored Blackbirds along the Glenville-Woody Road and visit other birding spots in this foothill area with opportunity to see raptors as well as resident and migratory birds. Bring snacks, water, lunch, binocs, $5 for drivers. Meet to carpool at the Rosedale Costco near the gas station at 10am. Call Bill or Deb for info: 805-0232.

 

Sat. April 18, 6:15 am - Piute Ponds & California City

This is special chance to visit protected ponds on Edwards AFB near Mojave with leader Kristi Grubb. Birds on the Mojave Desert?! Yes--waterfowl, shorebirds and more! Bakersfield folks will meet 6:15am at the ParknRide on Stockdale Hiway (between Real Rd & Hiway 99) to carpool....stopping in east Bakersfield at Starbucks on Hiway 58 & Weedpatch Hiway to pick up folks who live east of Hiway 99. Call Moffats for info: 805-0232.

Tehachapi birders meet at Burger King in Kmart shopping center at 7:00am. Call Angela (304-6816) or Greg (818/645-3664) for information.

We must be at the Edwards AFB meeting place at 8am, so be ready to leave on time! Must have photo identification, water, snacks/sack lunch, dress layers, $5 for drivers. Please plan to carpool and drivers need registration & insurance for entrance to Edwards AFB.

After Piute Ponds we will go to California City for lunch and birding at Central Park, a birding hotspot! Returning around 3:30pm.

 

Tues. April 21, 8:00am - "Look & Lounge"

Park Ranger Bill Moffat will lead this laid-back birding adventure starting at the Manor Drive (& Denise St) parking lot for the Kern River Parkway. Bring a light lounge chair--there’s lots of birds near the parking lot and in the trees before & after the tunnel to the canal. Bring your binocs & water. We’ll end at 11am. Call Bill for info: 201-9279

 

Looking ahead to May 2-3...

The field trip committee is planning an overnite on Saturday May 2nd at Butterbredt Springs so that we will be able to bird Butterbredt at its best time: dawn! Plans are still in the works and might include Friday night and all day Saturday at a yet to be determined location. Call Deb for info: 805-0232. More details in May Warbler & website.

 

 

MARCH FIELD TRIPS

 

Sat. March 7, 8:30am - Hart Park

Join Michael McQuerry & Gary File in a morning of birding at one of Kern County’s birding hotspots. There should be early

spring migrants as well as wintering and year round birds. All birders welcome but there will be a special emphasis on

beginning birders. Meet on Mirror Drive at the west end of Hart Park between the two lakes. Bring binocs, snacks, etc.

Call Deb for info: 805-0232 (Loaner binoculars available.)

 

NEW....Sat. March 14 - Stallion Springs-Tehachapi

Greg Hargleroad & Angela Guy will lead this birding outing around the park, golf course and trails at Stallion Springs. Bakersfield folks meet to carpool at Stockdale Park n Ride at   7:15am, then meeting in Tehachapi at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd at   8am.  Folks can also meet at the park about 8:30am.  Bring water, snacks, dress in layers, binocs.  Call Angela for info:  304-6816

 

Tues. March 17, 8:30am - Bird n Bike at Tule Elk Reserve

Join Park Ranger Bill Moffat on a biking adventure thru Tule Elk Reserve. See birds, the elk, and hopefully wildflowers!

Bring bicycles (mountain-type bikes encouraged), binocs, water, snacks, and a sack lunch for those who would like to stay

for lunch at the reserve picnic area. Tule Elk Reserve is located at 8653 Station Road. Take Stockdale Hiway two miles

west of Interstate 5. Turn left at the sign to Tule Elk Reserve. Call Bill or Deb for info: 805-0232.

Sun. March 22 - Wind Wolves Preserve

This is a limited space outing so RSVP by calling Deb: 805-0232. Wind Wolves staff will provide a private

tour thanks to a generous member at the December auction! Space is limited, so call if you are interested!

 

Sunday March 29 - Flowing Wells Ranch/Mojave Desert

Join Kern Audubon-Tehachapi for a birding trip to the desert oasis of Flowing Wells Ranch near Cantil, CA. . We should see plenty of waterfowl and spring migrants. Access to this private club is limited so don't miss it. Birders of all levels welcome. We need to get an early start! Bakersfield birders should meet at 6:00am at the Stockdale ParknRide (between Real Rd & Hiway 99), then meeting at Tehachapi Kmart parking lot near the Burger King at 6:45 for car pooling to Flowing Wells. Dress in layers and bring lunch, water, and binoculars. (Cameras and scopes, too). Loaner binoculars available. Cost is $5 plus $5 for drivers. (There is walking involved but no benches along the way. If you have a portable & light camping chair, feel free to bring it along.) Call Angela for info: 304-6816.

 

FEBRUARY FIELD TRIPS

 

Sun. February 8, 8:00am - Kern National Wildlife Refuge

Join Bill Moffat for this outing to see thousands of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds at the refuge. We will meet to carpool at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale Hiway & Don Hart Drive across from CSUB. Bring binocs, snacks, lunch, $5 transportation, water. Call Bill for more info: 201-9279.

 

Saturday Feb 21, 4:00pm - Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

Join Madi Elsea for this late afternoon outing to Pixley Wildlife Refuge to see wintering Sandhill Cranes. This will be the last opportunity to see them before they fly north to their breeding grounds and it’s a spectacular sight as the cranes fly back to the safety of the refuge at sunset. We will meet to carpool at the Rosedale Costco parking lot near the gas station at 4pm and return by 7:00pm. Involves walking about a mile to the viewing platform. Bring a flashlight, water, snacks, $5 for transportation. Call Madi for information: 322-7470

 

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 8:30am - Truxtun Lakes

Truxtun Lakes is a great place to spot shorebirds and ducks as well as wintering ssongbirds and some raptors. Meet at the parking area on Truxtun Extension just west of Mohawk. Bring binoculars, water, snacks, good walking shoes for the walk aroung the two lakes. Call Bill or Deb for info: 805-0232.

 

NEW....Sat. February 28 - Stallion Springs-Tehachapi

Greg Hargleroad & Angela Guy will lead this birding outing around the park, golf course and trails at Stallion Springs. Bakersfield folks meet to carpool at Stockdale Park n Ride at 7:15am, then meeting in Tehachapi at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd at 8am.  Folks can also meet at the park about 8:30am.  Bring water, snacks, dress in layers, binocs.  Call Angela for info:  304-6816

 

JANUARY FIELD TRIPS

 

Wed. January 21, 8:00am - Lake Ming

Join Roger Coley for a morning of winter birding along Lake Ming off Alfred Harrell Hiway). Expect to see waterfowl and winter birds. Meet at the first parking lot, dress warm, bring binocs. Contact Roger for more info: 832-1820

 

 

Sat. January 24, 8:30am - Panorama Vista Preserve

Meet leader Andy Honig at the gate to PVP at the east end of Roberts Lane (off Manor Drive) to enjoy the birds of the preserve. We'll be incorporating e-bird lessons from the program by Kelli Levinson. Walking shoes, binocs, etc. Call Deb for info: 805-0232

Belted Kingfisher

Bobcat

Great Horned Owl

 

DECEMBER FIELD TRIPS

Sat. December 13, 7:45 am - Tejon Ranch

Scot Pipkin, Tejon Ranch Conservancy Public Access Coordinator, will lead this field trip for Kern Audubon on the

San Joaquin Valley side of Tejon Ranch. There will be great views of the valley as well as birding in the oak woodlands.

Possible sightings of condor and golden eagle plus many more! Meet at the Stockdale Hiway Park n Ride (between

Real Rd. & Hiway 99) at 7:45 am. We will be meeting Scot at the Sebastion Rd gate to Tejon Ranch at 8:30 am. It is

likely to be cold, so dress accordingly. Bring water, snacks & a sack lunch; returning to Bakersfield around noon. Call

Deb See for information: 805-0232. Car pool donation: $5

 

Wednesday Walk, December 17, 9:00 am - Beale and neighborhood.

Bill Moffat will lead birding around Beale Park and surrounding Oleander area - a productive 'in-town' spot! We'll be

contributing our sightings to the Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count. Meet at Beale Park at corner of Oleander & Dracena

at 9am. Call Bill @ 661-201-9279 for more information.

The official Bakersfield Christmas Bird Count will be starting that morning at 7:00 am at Mirror Dr in Hart Park.

Contact John Wilson, 661-747-4628 if you are interested in participating in this important CBC started in 1949-1950 and

held continuously since 1973.

 


tule elk

Lake Ming

OCTOBER FIELD TRIPS


Oct 4-5 (Saturday 2pm through Sunday morning) "Bed & Bugle" Event - Tule Elk State Reserve
Come spend the night among the elk at Tule Elk Reserve and enjoy night time programs: Native American talk,
astronomer to highlight the night sky, campfire, puppet show and more! There will also be guided tours of the
Reserve at sunset and sunrise. Come in the afternoon ($8 day use fee) or spend the night: $8/person including
camping! For more information contact Bill Moffat (201-9279) Please RSVP 764-6881 as soon as possible! Tule Elk Reserve is located off Stockdale Hiway just west of Interstate 5.

October 18th, Hart Park (note: this is a NEW location - NOT Lake Ming)

All level birders and especially NEW birders, are welcome at this birding opportunity with Bob Barnes, one of Kern County's best birders and a wonderful teacher.  Meet on Mirror Drive at the north end of Hart Park between the two lakes.      6:30am - for early birders to explore the area 1/2 before sunrise and a 1/2 hr.after   7:30am - for the rest of us to meet with Bob who will focus on bird ID in the field. Bring $5, binoculars, snacks, water.  Ending time is 11am or earlier as you choose.  Call Deb 805-0232 or Bob 760/382-1260 for more information

 

Wednesday Walk, October 22 , 8:30am - "Birds & Bikes" with Ranger Bill Bring your bike & binoculars to the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Manor Dr (across from the church) for a morning of Fall birding...maybe Phainopepla on the elderberries! Bring water, binos & snacks. Call Bill at 661-201-9279 for more info. Ends by 11 am.

 

NEW:  Sat. October 25, Tom Sawyer Lake & Golden Hills CSD Trails
Join KAS-Tehachapi birder Angela Guy for a early morning walk to Sawyer Lake where 8 Lewis' Woodpeckers were recently seen!  We’ll see how much water there is and waterfowl  in the lake.  We usually see ducks, geese, and herons.  As we walk down through the willow and oak woodlands and the open areas below the lake we should see migrating and wintering song birds, hawks, maybe even a great horned owl.Meet at the K Mart parking lot near Burger King at 7:30 am.  We will carpool from there.  You can also meet us at Tom Sawyer Lake at 7:45

.  RSVP to Angela Guy at angelaguy@att.net or 304-6816. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, and binoculars. (Loaner binoculars available.)

 

         Bakersfield birders can meet to carpool at the ParknRide on Stockdale Hiway (between Real Rd & Hiway 99) at 6:45am. 

 

 


SEPTEMBER FIELD TRIPS

Wednesday, Sept. 17 - Buena Vista Recreation Area

Ranger Bill Moffat will lead us to various birding spots around the lake, wetlands and woodlands, and then we will travel to Noon Park by the Buena Vista Golf Course which has also been noted as a birding area, ending with an optional lunch at the Buena Vista Golf course's Grill. We normally see 45-55 species here. Meet at 8am at Stockdale Hiway parking lot across from CSUB to carpool or at 8:30 at the entrance to Buena Vista Lake Recreation Area. Call Bill at 201-9279 for more info.

 

Sat. Sept. 20 - Birding in Tehachapi

Sat. Sept 20, 7:30am - Kern Audubon-Tehachapi will host this field trip along Paradise Valley Rd in Tehachapi, a great place to see fall migrants, raptors and others such as Green-tailed Towhee and Band-tailed pigeons.  Meet at the Burger King parking lot on Tehachapi Blvd (Kmart shopping center). Bring water, snacks, binoculars, good walking shoes.  Call Angela for more information:  821-7702.

Go to www.kastehachapibird.org for details or call Angela: 821-7702

Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:00 am - Fall Turkey Vulture Festival

Meet at the Mt. Vernon/Hwy 178 Albertsons parking lot to carpool to the Kern River Audubon Preserve for this fall festival. There may be other birding walks starting earlier if people want to go up earlier on their own, and we will watch the KRP website and share those updates. This is always a fun event with displays, nature-bird walks, music and interaction with fellow birders. It ends around 2 pm. For more info call Bill at 201-9279.

 


Summer Audubon Field Trip - Saturday July 26th
 
 Kern Audubon's only summer field trip is to the Kern River Preserve to see summer  birds such as the Summer Tanager (aka "Flying Neon Tomato" for its colorful plumage), Vermillion Flycatcher (also has brilliant plumage), Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo (endangered in California), Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (on the federal Endangered species list), and more...
 
Reed Tollefson, Preserve Manager, will lead this morning field trip.  In order to beat
the heat, we will meet at 6:30am at the Albertson's parking lot on Mt Vernon (Mt. Vernon exit off Hiway 178) in Bakersfield to carpool/caravan.
 
Bring water, snacks, binoculars, sunscreen, good walking shoes, etc.  For more information email or call: Madi Elsea 322-7470 or madielsea@aol.com

 


picture by Ali Sheehey

 

SAT. JUNE 14, 2014 - KERN RIVER & MOUNTAINS FIELD TRIP

Join BOB BARNES, one of Kern County's best birders, on a partial day or all day birding adventure to the Kern River Valley and the Greenhorn Mountains, areas internationally known and visited by birders--and it’s right in our backyard!

THREE segments will cover the day and you can choose to participate in any or all segments: early morning (5:30am - on your own for transportation) -- mid-morning (carpooling--see below) --and afternoon (noonish to late afternoon - on your own for transportation). A fun day awaits!

5:30 am - Early morning birding with Bob to explore a new trail through the heart of the South Fork Wildlife Area’s cottonwood and willow forest bordering west side of the Kern River Preserve. Meet Bob at the Preserve headquarters in Weldon. Overnight camping is available or motels. Contact Deb See (805-0232) for more information.

6:15am - The "formal" start of the trip will be at Albertson's parking lot (Mt. Vernon & Hiway 178) near the donut shop at 6:15am for those who would like to carpool or caravan. We will meet Bob at the Kern River Preserve at 7:30am to bird a new trail completed in 2014 alongside Fay Ranch Rd and toward KRP headquarters.

Bring picnic lunch, binocs,snacks, water, bug repellant, hat. $5 suggested donation for drivers.

12:30'ish - After picnic at the Preserve, new arrivals and those who wish to continue birding will car caravan up into the Greenhorn Mountains for afternoon birding in cooler temperatures. In the mountains we'll look for Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific Wren and many other species. On the way to or from the mountains there will be a stop at Lake Isabella to look for water birds and Slippery Rock Launch for American Dipper.

Bring your own snacks, water, hat, etc. Porta potties will be available about every 2 hours!

Questions? Contact Deb: 805-0232

All participants are asked to contribute $5 for Bob's travel expenses. Deb See will collect .

 

APRIL FIELD TRIPS

Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 am - Fort Tejon & Quail Lake

Ranger Bill Moffat will lead this birding field trip to Ft.Tejon and its vicinity and then to the Quail Lakes area. Carpoolers will meet at the Stockdale Hwy/Hwy 99 Park n Ride located between Real Rd. & Hiway 99. Bring snack/lunch, water, binos, layered clothes. $10 gas donation for drivers. We will return after lunch. Call Bill for more info at 661-201-9279.

 

Sunday, April 27, 8 am - Tejon Ranch

Scott Pipkin, staff of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, will lead this "tour & bird" on the San Joaquin Valley side of Tejon Ranch. Carpoolers will meet at the Stockdale Hwy/Hwy 99 Park n Ride, leaving at 8 am. High clearance, 4 wheel drive vehicles are preferrable. We'll meet Scot at the Sebastian Rd Guard Station at 9 am. and will return to Bakersfield around 1 pm. Bring snacks, water, binos, $10 donation for drivers, and wear layered clothes. Call Bill or Deb for more info. at 661-201-9279 or 661-805 -0232.

 

Kern Audubon & Kern Audubon Tehachapi--Upcoming field trips.

SUNDAY Feb. 23, 4:00pm - Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

The Sandhill Cranes will leave soon for their nesting grounds in Canada, so this will be an opportunity to see them as they fly back to the wildlife refuge for the evening at sunset.  Join us at the Rosedale Costco parking lot near the gas stations at 4pm to carpool.  Bring snacks if you like, water, flashlights.  There is about a half mile of walking involved although there should be good sightings from the parking lot as well.  Call Madi for info:  549-2391. 

 

Saturday March 1st - Flowing Wells & Rancho de Nada/Mojave Desert

Flowing Wells Ranch is a private farming and wildlife management operation located in the Mojave Desert near Red Rock State Park. Rancho De Nada is an adjacent ranch. This is a great location for waterfowl, raptors, and occasional rarity. Flowing Wells and Rancho De Nada are private, so access is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to bird this productive habitat.

. Meet at the Tehachapi K Mart parking lot near Burger King at 7:00am to carpool. RSVP to Angela Guy at angelaguy@att.net or 661-304-6816. Dress in layers: bring water, snacks, lunch, binocs (loaners available). Those who plan to ride-share should bring cash for gasoline. Plan on lunching at the ranch before heading back to Tehachapi.

· Bakersfield birders will meet at the Stockdale Park n Ride between Real Rd. and Hiway 99 at 6:15am to carpool to Tehachapi. Call Deb for info: 805-0232

 

March 8, Saturday, Condors at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge . We'll be meeting Martin from Friends of the Condors at Hwy 166 and Hudson Ranch Rd (formerly called Cerro Noroeste Rd) intersection at 10 am to tour the refuge. Bring lunch, binocs, water and layered clothes. For carpooling, meet at 9 am at parking lot across from CUSB at Don Hart Dr. Back to Bakersfield by 3 pm. High clearance and 4 wheel drive vehicles preferable. Limit of 25, so for planning purposes, please RSVP to Deb See: 805-0232 or Bill at 201-9279.

 

Wednesday March 12, Bird and Bike- 8:30am Meet at Lake Ming near the marina to bike and bird Lake Ming and the group picnic area. Call Deb or Bill for info: 805-0232

 

Saturday, March 29, Malibu Lagoon State Beach At 9 am we will meet Santa Monica Bay Audubon to tour successfully restored wetlands habitat at Malibu Llagoon SB. Over 70 species can be be seen in winter. $12 parking per car. Bring lunch, binocs, water, etc. and $10 for drivers. For carpooling meet at 6:50am to leave at 7 am from Stockdale Park n Ride between Hwy 99 and Real Rd. Returning to Bakersfield by 3 pm. Call Bill Moffat or Deb See for information: 805-0232

 

The last January field trip will be this Saturday (see below) and I'm including a heads-up for a weekend field trip in February.  Hope you will take in one of these great opportunities to see the birds!  Call Deb See/Bill Moffat, Field Trip Coordinators, for more information:  805-0232.  Madi Elsea, Warbler editor

Sat. January 25, 8:30am - Waste water Treatment Ponds Ducks & shorebirds need water and the Bakersfield City sewer ponds attract lots of them during the winter.  Gary File & Michael McQuerry will co-lead this morning outing which provides a great opportunity to see birds and work on  identification skills.  Meet at the south end of MtVernon Avenue off of Hiway 58. Go to the end of the road at the treatment plant at 8:30am. Bring binocs & snacks.  Should conclude around 11am. 

 

Sat./Sunday Feb. 8-9, Carrizo Plain and Morro Bay Kern Audubon will be joining Tulare Audubon for this one or two day outing. A complete description of the field trip is below, including Motel 6 information for Saturday night lodging in Morro Bay. There are three meeting times/places:

  • Saturday morning, Feb. 8th, meet in Bakersfield to carpool at 6:45am at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale & Don Hart Drive, across from CSUB
  • Saturday morning, Feb 8th, 8:15am on Hiway 46 at Parkfield (just west of the intersection of Hiway 46 & Hiway33).  This will be a place to rendevouz with Tulare Audubon
  • Sunday morning, Feb. 9th, 8am at the Morro Bay Natural History Museum

Field Trip: Carrizo Plain and Morro Bay

Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9, 2014

Carrizo Plain , a seemingly empty, treeless area in eastern San Luis Obispo County has mystique about it that draws birders back again and again. The plains themselves seem always the same, yet each visit is different. The twisted Tembler Range , Soda Lake , the saltbush and iodine bush remain a constant part of the landscape. Long-billed Curlews by the hundreds can be seen dropping onto Soda Lake to feed and rest. Mountain and Western Bluebirds may brighten the landscape as they perch and fly along the fences lines. Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks soar overhead seeking prey. Other creatures that we will look for include Golden Eagles, Mountain Plovers, Sage Sparrows, Le Conte's Thrashers, Burrowing Owls, Tule Elk and Pronghorns . Our birding caravan will first travel towards Carrizo by way of Kettleman City for a brief rest stop around 7:30 AM . After our short break, we will continue towards Carrizo on Highway 41 and 46 and then bird on Parkfield Road and Bitterwater Road throughout Saturday morning. If the Kern Audubon Society members join us on this trip, we recommend that they meet us at the intersection of Hwy 46 and Parkfield Road around 8:15 AM . If the road is passable we usually bird a few miles along Parkfield Road looking for Pronghorn, Rough-legged Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, Golden Eagles, Prairie Falcons, Horned Larks , and shorebirds.

On Bitterwater Road , we will look for Yellow-billed Magpies, Greater Roadrunners, Golden Eagles, Barn Owls, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Mountain Bluebirds, California Thrashers, Loggerhead Shrikes, Horned Larks , and Vesper Sparrows . We will bird Carrizo until 4:00 or 4:30PM depending on sightings, and then head for Morro Bay via Highway 58, 101 and 1 . After checking into our lodging, we will then gather at The Great American Fish Company Restaurant ( 1185 Embarcadero ) in Morro Bay at 7:30 p.m. for dinner and a social time before retiring for the night. Most of the group usually stays at Motel 6 - Morro Bay #4 ( $45.99) located on Route 1( Cabrillo Highway ) at

SR 41( 298 Atascadero Road ), Morro Bay -(805) 772-

5641: http://www.motel6.com/G6Maps/M6ProximityResults.aspx?state=CA&city=Morro%20Bay

Birding will start at 8AM Sunday morning at the Morro Bay Museum in Morro Bay State Park . We will check that part of the estuary for Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Brant Geese, Black Skimmer, Common and Red-throated Loon, Horned and Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Surf Scoter, Greater and Lesser Scaup, and other wintering ducks as well as Marbled Godwit, Yellowleg , and other shorebirds. Next, we will visit Morro Rock to look for Peregrine Falcon, Pelagic Cormorant, Canyon Wren, and several species of gulls . For the rest of the morning, we will bird the local hot spots around Morro Bay in search of rarities like Long-tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck, Black Scoter, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Ross' Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Royal Tern , and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker , as well as warblers and rocky shorebirds. Last year we traveled to Arroyo Grande to look for Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, and Cassin's Kingbird . We may take some time to look for endemic plants or make a possible side trip to Oceano to see thousands of Monarch Butterflies at their largest coastal winter roost . After lunch, we will travel north on Hwy 1 just past San Simeon to see the large breeding colony of endangered Elephant Seals . From there, we will head home by taking Hwy 46 towards Hwy 101 and Paso Robles .

Directions : To maximize our birding time, we will begin this field trip dark and early Saturday morning, meeting at the Sears parking lot in Visalia (corner of Mooney and Caldwell) on Saturday, February 8th at 6:15 AM . We will leave promptly at 6:30 AM . We will stop at McDonald's in Kettleman City for a restroom break around 7:30 AM . After that there are no restroom facilities until the CDF station at Carrizo. Be sure to bring lunch for two days . Take breakfast materials if you prefer no restaurant on Sunday morning. Since weather is unpredictable, layers of clothing are a good idea. We will go rain, shine or fog.

For more information, and to RSVP, please call Gary Lindquist at (559) 734-0833 or email
( Felix6014@aol.com ),
or Kim Kuska at (559) 783-2486 or ( kim2292@att.net ). Also let us know if you plan to eat at The Great American Fish Company in Morro Bay on Saturday night, so we can make reservations. Kim will have his cell phone along on this trip , so you can reach him if you a problem at (559) 788-9969.

 

JANUARY FIELD TRIPS


Sunday January 12, 8:00am - Kern National Wildlife Refuge
Join State Park Ranger Bill Moffat on this outing to one of Kern County's premier winter birding spots - the Kern Wildlife Refuge 45 miles north of Bakersfield. Thousands of ducks, grebes and shorebirds make their winter home here. Meet at Kern Parkway parking lot across from CSUB on Stockdale & Don Hart Dr. for carpooling. Bring water, snacks, lunch,$10 for transportation. Call Bill for info: 805-0232. Return after lunch.

Sat. Jan. 18 - Piute Ponds on Edwards Air Force Base
Kern Audubon member Kristy Grubb will lead this outing to Piute Ponds (www.piuteponds.com) located on Edwards Air Force Base and an Audubon "Important Bird Area" and the largest freshwater wetland in Los Angeles Co. Over 250 species have been documented making this a great birding spot. Dress in layers, bring water, snacks, lunch, guidebooks, binoculars, picture ID and $10 transportation. Please RSVP to Angela at angelaguy@att.net or 304-6816.

6:45am - Bakersfield birders will meet to carpool at the Stockdale ParknRide on Stockdale Hiway between Hiway 99 and Real Rd. Please be prompt!

7:30am - Tehachapi area birders will meet Bakersfield folks at the Burger King in the Kmart shopping center on Tehachapi Blvd. Call Angela for info

 

Sat. Jan 25, 8:30am - Bakersfield Wastewater Treatment Ponds
Yes, the sewer ponds are great locations to see wintering ducks, shorebirds & raptors! Gary File
& Michael McQuerry will co-lead this outing. Meet at the south end of Mt Vernon off Hiway 58
where the road ends at the treatment plant. Bring binocs, & snacks. Call Al for info: 833-6705.

 

DECEMBER FIELD TRIPS

Sat. Dec. 7, 8:00am - Wind Wolves Preserve

Wind Wolves is a 100,000 acre preserve in southern Kern Co with grasslands and mountains and great birding! Preserve biologist Megan Lundin will lead this outing which should include raptor sightings. Meet at the ParknRide on Stockdale Hiway near Hiway 99 at 8am to carpool. Bring water, snacks & sack lunchand $5 for gas; return after lunch. For info call Deb: 805-0232.

Wed. Dec. 18, 8:30am - Panorama Vista Preserve

As part of the Christmas Bird Count, we will observe and count birds at Panorama Vista Preserve, which is below the Panorama Bluffs and along the Kern River. Meet Deb & Bill at the gate to the preserve located at the east end of Roberts Lane (take Roberts Lane off of Manor Drive and go approx. 1 mile). Bring water, snacks, binocs. This will be a walking outing, so wear sturdy shoes. Call Deb for info: 805-0232

Sat. December 28, 3:00pm Cranes, Comet & Sunset at Pixley NWR

8,OOO CRANES, 15,000 WHITE-FACED IBIS at Pixley National Wildlife Refuge plus the COMET ISON will highlight this outing sponsored by Tulare Audubon in conjuction with Kern Audubon. The comet Ison makes its highly anticipated approach to the earth in late December and should be the brightest comet to grace our skies in decades, surely an event not to be missed! While waiting for the skies to get dark enough to see the comet, we will witness the fly-inof thousands of Sandhill Cranes and White-faced Ibis. Hearing and seeing 8,000 Sandhill Cranes descend into the marshes of the refuge at sunset is certainly one of the premiere nature events in all of California. Meet at the Rosedale Costco parking lot near the gas station at 3:00pm to carpool. Bring $5, water/snacks, flashlight and dress warmly. You can view the fly-in from the parking lot or take the 3/4 mile walk to the viewing platform. Call Madi for info: 322-7470.

 

NOVNOVEMBER FIELD TRIPS

Sat. November 9 - Atwell Island and Pixley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Crane Festival
This promises to be a great afternoon & evening of birding in the northern part of the county. We will meet at 12:30pm at the Costco on Rosedale near the gas station to carpool. Eat lunch before you come and bring a SACK DINNER, snacks & water, binoculars and jackets for the evening. After birding at Atwell Island (a Bureau of Land Management restoration project near Alpaugh), we will head to Pixley NWR for the “Return of the Sandhill Cranes Festival” starting at 4:30pm. There will be a 1/2 mile walk to the observation deck at sunset, which is the best time to see the Sandhill Cranes as they fly back to the protection of the refuge for the night. Bring flashlights! Cost is $10 for transportation.

 Those wishing to attend the Sandhill Crane event only can meet at Pixley NWR at 4pm. It’s a 45 minute drive from Bakersfield to Earlimart via Hiway 99. Go west at Avenue 56 approx 5.7 miles to sign to refuge. Go north 1 mile.

 

Wednesday Walk with Ranger Bill - November 13 “Birds & Bikes” - 8:30am
Bring your bike & binoculars to the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Manor Dr (across from the church) for a morning of Fall birding. Target bird? The Phainopepla! Bring water & snacks. Call Bill or Deb for info: 805-0232. Ends by 11am.

 

Sat. November 16 - Tehachapi area Lakes & Ponds - 7:30am
The Tehachapi area lakes and ponds host many migrating or wintering duck and shorebird species. The field trip will include stops at Brite Lake, the Norbertine Monastery pond, the Tehachapi sewage lagoons, and "Lake Jean," the recharge basin at the east end of town. We should see a variety of ducks as well as grebe and heron species. Red-shouldered Hawks, Osprey, and Bald Eagles are also possible.

Meet at the Tehachapi K Mart parking lot near Burger King at 7:30 am. We will carpool from there. Contact Angela Guy at angelaguy@att.net or 304-6816. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, lunch, binoculars. If you have a spotting scope you might want to bring that as well. There will be spare binoculars available, if needed . (www.kastehachapibird.org for information)

 

OCTOBER FIELD TRIPS

Sat. October 5 - Sawyer Lake, Tehachapi

The field trip will start at Sawyer Lake and then we’ll walk the Golden Hills Water District Road. We hope to see ducks, geese and shorebirds at the lake. We also hope to "twitch" some fall migrants as we walk. Hawks, Greathorned Owl, and Woodpeckers should also be seen. Meet at the K Mart parking lot near Burger King in Tehachapi at 7:30 am. to carpool. For information: angelaguy@att.net or 304-6816. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, lunch, binoculars. If you have a spotting scope you might want to bring that as well. There will be spare binoculars available, if needed. Bakersfield folks will meet at 6:45am at the Park n Ride on Stockdale Hiway between Hiway 99 & Real Rd. to carpool ($10 for drivers).

 

Sat. Oct 12, 8:30am - Beginning Birders Workshop

Dr. John Wilson, noted Kern County birder, will lead this outing for new & beginning birders at Hart Park. Meet at the east entrance to the park near the corner of Alfred Harrell Highway & River. John will go over basics such as field guides, binoculars and how to identify some of the species regularly seen at the park. Bring binoculars (also available to borrow), water, snacks. We will conclude by 11am. Call Madi (549-2391) for info.

Wed. October 16, 8:00am - Lake Ming

Join leader Roger Coley for this exploration of the lake on a beautiful fall morning! Waterfowl, fall migrants and resident birds will be spotted. Meet at the entrance to Lake Ming off Alfred Harrell Hiway near the marina. Bring binocs, good walking shoes, sun hats, snacks/water. We will conclude by 11am. Call Roger for info: 832-1820.

Sat. Oct. 26, 8:00am - Truxtun Lake

Park Ranger Bill Moffat will lead this fall outing around Truxtun Lakes where we can expect to see fall migrants, waterfowl, shorebirds and year-round residents. Meet at the Truxtun Extension parking lot between Mohawk and the painted watertower. Good walking shoes, water/snacks, binocs are suggested. Contact Deb (805-0232) for more information.

 

 

MAY FIELD TRIPS

 

Sat. May 11 - Paradise Valley Rd. Tehachapi

This is a great local hike that begins at the Norbertine Monastery and continues to the top of Paradise Valley Road.

We should get to see many of our resident birds. We'll ook for Golden Eagles, Western Wood-Peewee, Western

Tanager, MacGillivray's Warbler as well as Band-tailed Pigeon and Mountain Quail. Call Angela for info: 821-7702.

6:45am - Bakersfield : Meet at the Stockdale Park n Ride (between Real Rd & Hiwayy 99) to carpool to

Tehachapi. Bring snacks, binocs, etc. Call Deb See for info: 805-0232

7:30am - Tehachapi: Meet at the Kmart parking lot near Burger King (Tehachapi Blvd.) at 7:30 am.

 

 

Wed. Walk May 15 - Birds & Bikes along the Kern River Parkway, 8:00am

Join Park Ranger Bill Moffat (201-9279) for a morning of birding & biking! Meet at the Kern River parking lot off

Manor Drive across from Calvary Church. Bring own bike, binocs, snacks, water. A leisurely ride & birding

opportunity!

 

Fri. May 17, 7:30pm - Owling on Breckrenridge

Michael McQuerry will lead us on this Friday evening owling adventure up Breckenridge Mtn. Michael

will have owl calls and a spotlight. Meet at the Chevron Station/Jack-in-the-Box at the corner of Union

Ave & Brundage (Union Ave. exit off of Hiway 58) to carpool. Remember to DRESS WARMLY as it

gets cold as we progress up the mountain. We will finish by 11pm. Bring binoculars, flashlights, snacks.

Call Deb See for info: 805-0232

 

 


Sat. March 30, 7:30AM - Wind Wolves Preserve


Naturalist Dave Schindler will lead this outing in southern Kern County with opportunity to see lots of raptors & wildflowers. Meet at the Stockdale ParknRide at 7:15am, leaving at 7:30.  Bring lunch, water, snacks, binocs, $10 fransportation.  This will be a mostly driving field trip.  We will return after lunch. Call Deb 805-0232 for info.

 

April 7, Sunday, 1:30 pm. Woody 'Y'- Granite Station Vicinity

We"ll visit a landowner-enhanced Tri-colored blackbird habitat, and will explore and bird nearby areas. The trip will be led by Lucy Clark, an Audubon member who resides in this area. The wildflowers here should be putting on an exceptional show as well. Meet at the Sugar Mill Restaurant on North Chester Ave. & China Grade Loop at 1:30 pm. to carpool. Call Deb at 805-0232 for more info.

April 10, Wednesday, 8:00 am. LoKern Natural Preserve

Ranger Bill Moffat will lead the trip to this Important Birding Area (IBA) west of Buttonwillow, which supports a population of San Joaquin LeConte's thrashers. Meet at the parking lot across from CSUB  on Stockdale at Don Hart Drive to carpool. Call Bill at 201-9279 for more information.

April 27, Saturday, 8:00 am. Hart Park

For Beginning Birders and other bird lovers, this will be an excellent opportunity to learn and improve upon bird identification skills. Meet at the west end of the park on Mirror Dr.  between the two lakes. Information call Deb, 805-0232.

Sat. April 20, 6:00am - Butterbredt Springs and Sageland Ranch


Butterbredt Springs is a desert oasis in the Mojave Desert within the Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The springs are located in a canyon that naturally funnels northbound migrants such as arblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks, and flycatchers. Afterwards we hope to go to Keith Axelson’s Sageland Ranch for lunch and more birding. The ranch is another migrant trap that promises even more sightings.  Meet at the Tehachapi Blvd. K Mart parking lot near Burger King at 6 AM to carpool. We know that sounds early but it is later than usual for this trip.  Remember the early birder gets the bird!  Bring water, snacks, lunch, binocs. Return by 3pm.

 

 

 

Sat. Mar. 30, 2013 Wind Wolves Preserve, Dave Schindler -- Sun. Mar. 17, Ventura Game Preserve, LA Audubon -- Wed. Walk March 13, 8:00am - Tule Elk Reserve, Bill Moffat -- Sat. March 2 - Flowing Wells & Rancho De Nada, Angela Guy

Sat. Feb.23 Piute Pon,ds, Edwards AFB, Kristie Grubb-- Wed. Feb.20 Truxton Lakes,Bill Moffat -- Sun. February 10, '13 , 1:30pm - Col. Allensworth State Park & Pixley Wildlife Refuge.

Sat. Jan. 26, 2013, Bakersfield Treatment Ponds, Michael McQuerry and Gary File---Sun. Jan.13, Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Scott Frazer---Wed. Jan. 9, Lake Ming, Bill Moffat

Wed. Dec. 15, 2012, Tejon Ranch, Scott Pipkin, Tejon Ranch Conservancy Public Access Coordinator --- Wed. Dec. 12, Bike and Bird, Bill Moffat --- Sat. Dec.8, Beginning Birder-Hart Park, Alison Sheehey

Wed. Oct. 10, 2012 Buena Vista Lake, Bill Moffat --- Sat. Oct. 6, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Deb See --- Sat. Sept 29, Turkey Vulture Festival, Kern River Preserve, Madi Elsea

Wed. Sept 12, 7:30am "Wednesday Walk" field trip - Tule Elk Reserve. State Park Ranger Bill Moffat ---- Sat. Sept 15, 7:30am, Hart Park, Bob Barnes ---- Sat. Sept 22 - Sawyer Lake, Tehachapi, Angela Guy

Sat. June 9th,12, Paradise Valley Rd., Tehachapi, Angela Guy ---- Sat. July 14th, Kern River Preserve, Madi Elsea ---- Sat. August 25th - Sycamore Canyon Trail in Bear Valley Springs, Angela Guy

Wed. May 9,'12, Lokern Nature Preserve, Bill Moffat ---- Sat.May 12, '12, Sycamore Canyon Trail, Angela Guy ---- Sat. May 19, Kern River Preserve, Migrant Corner, Reed Tollefson & Madi Elsea

Sat. April 14,'12, Truxton Lake ------ Wed. April 18, Birds & Bikes, Kern River Parkway near Manor and Denise, Bill Moffat ---- Sat. April 28, '12, Butterbredt Springs & Sageland Ranch, Angela Guy & Richard Sparks

Sat. March 24, Flowing Wells Ranch, Angela Guy --- Sat. Mar. 31, Wind Wolves Preserve, Dave Schindler

Sat. Mar.3 -- Sun. Mar.4, 2012, Carrizo Plain and Morro Bay Weekend Field Trip, Scott Frazer --- Wed. Mar.14, Tule Elk State Reserve, Bill Moffat

Sun. Feb 12, Pixley Nat' Wildlife Refuge, Madi Elsea --- Sat. Feb 25, Wastewater Ponds

Wed. Feb. 8, Kern River Slough, Bill Moffat --- Sat. Feb. 11, Kern Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Angela Guy

Wed. Jan. 18, 8am Wednesday Walk Recharge ponds, Bill Moffatt ---- Sat. Jan. 14, 8:00am- K ern National Wildlife Refuge

Sat. Jan. 28, 7:30am - John James Audubon's Birds of America - USC's Doheny Gallery ---- Sat. Jan 21 Kern Audubon-Tehachapi Field Trip, Richard Sparks

Wed.Dec.14, Bird and Bike Kern River Parkway, Bill Moffatt. ---- Sat.Dec.10,Kern Water Bank, Madi Elsea

Nov.19, Tehachapi Local Lakes and Ponds, Sun. Oct.30. ---- Bittercreek National Wildlife Refuge, Mike Stockton and Scott Frazer

Sat.Oct.29, Paradise Valley Road in Tehachapi, Angela Guy. ---- Sat. Oct.22, Truxton Lake, Madi Elsea.

Sat. Oct.15, Backyard Birding in Tehachapi, Bob Barnes. ---- Wed. Oct. 12, Tejon State Historic Park, Bill Moffat.

Sat. Sept. 24, Kern River Preserve Turkey Vulture Festival. ---- Sat. Sept. 17, Bird Sounds and Careful field observation Hart Park, Bob Barnes

Wed. Sept. 14, State Tule Elk Reserve, Bill Moffatt. -- Sat. July 16, Kern River Preserve, John Schmitt

May 4, Ripley National Reserve/ Poppy Preserve, Bill Moffatt. -- May 7, City Waste Water Treatment Ponds, Michael McQuerrey

May 14,2011 Tejon Ranch. -- May 28,2011 Truxton Lake, Roger Coley

April 13, Kern River near Hart Park. -- April 17,2011 Kern River Preserve, Bob Barnes

April 2,2011 Kern Water Bank, Cheryl Harding. -- March 26, Kern Foothills and Granite Station, Lucy Clark and Clyde Golden

March 19, 2011 Tehachapi Area, Richard Sparks. -- March 16, Poso Creek, Roger Coley

March 5-6,2011 Carrizo Plains and Morro Bay Weekend Field Trip, Scott Frazer

February 26, Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Refuge Biologist Pam Williams. -- February 16, 2011 Tule Elk Reserve, Ranger Bill Moffat

February 12, Panorama Vista Preserve, Andy Honig and Bill Cooper. -- January 22,2011 Water Treatment Ponds, Michael McQuerry

July 17,2010 Kern River Preserve, Bob Barnes. -- May 15,2010 Lake Truxton, Roger Coley

May 8, Panorama Vista Preserve, Bill Lydecker. -- Sat. April 3,2010 Wind Wolves Preserve, Ginny

Sat. & Sun. March 13-14, 2010 Carrizo Plain and Morro Bay weekend field trip, Scott and Trude Frazer.

Mon. Feb. 15,2010, Sand Hill Cranes at the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge, Roger Coley

Sat. Jan.30, 2010, Kern Water Bank, Cheryl Harding, staff, and Bill Lydecker. -- Sun. Jan.17, 2010 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Roger Coley

Christmas Bird Counts: Sun. Dec.20,2009 Bakersfield, -- Mon. Dec. 21 Buena Vista, -- Sun. Jan.3,2010 Kern Valley

Sat. Nov. 27, 2009 Sycamore Canyon, Tejon Ranch. -- Sat. Nov. 14, 2009 Pixley Wildlife Refuge-Sandhill Cranes, refuge staff

Sat. Oct. 6, 2009 Beginning Birders at Lake Ming, Michael McQuerry. -- Sat. Sept. 26,2009 Kern National Wildlife Refuge Fall Open House

Sat. Sept. 12,2009 Waste Water Treatment Ponds,Michael McQuerry. -- July 25,2009 Kern River Preserve, Bob Barnes

May 23, 2009 Galileo Hill, Michael McQuerry, Gary File. -- April 4, 2009 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Nature Day

March 28, 2009 Wind Wolves Preserve. -- March 14, 2009 Andy Honig and Kelli Levinson, Panorama Vista Preserve

February 21-22, 2009 Weekend Field Trip: Carizzo Plains, Morro Bay, Scott Frazer -- February 14, 2009 Valentines Kern River Bike Path Walk and Great Backyard Bird Count, Dr.Ted Murphy

February 7,2009 Bald Eagles of Lake San Antonio, Deb See and Bill Moffat. -- January 16-19, 2009 Morro Bay Winter Bird Fest

Sunday January 11, 2009 Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Scott Frazer Saturday Oct. 18, 2008 Tomo-Kahni State Park, John Hammond. -- Saturday Oct. 11, 2008 Beginning Birders- Hart Park, Michael McQueery

Saturday Sept. 27,2008 Turkey Vulture Festival, The Kern River Valley Preserve. -- Saturday Sept. 20, 2008 Gardening for Birds, The Kern Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Saturday Sept. 13, 2008 Bakersfield Waste Water Treatment Ponds, Michael McQueery.-- Saturday July 19,2008 Kern River Preserve, Alison Sheehey, naturalist extraordinaire.

Saturday May 21,2008 Birding through Bakersfield, the Coleys were our splendid guides through the concrete and not so concrete jungle. Saturday May 10, 2008 Bittercreek National Wildlife Refuge, Mike Sockton, refuge manager

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Tuesday April 25, 2008 Galileo Hill (Silver Saddle Resort), Ken and Brenda Kyle, leaders.

KERN AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP

April 22, 2008, to Galileo Hill, led by Brenda and Ken Kyle

Birds seen (more or less chronological order) 51 species:

double-crested cormorants, hermit warbler,Wilson's warbler, Townsend's warbler, white-crowned sparrow, house finch, warbling vireo, dark-eyed junco, European starling, white-faced ibis, house sparrow, flycatcher of some sort, mallard, raven MacGillivray's warbler, black-headed grosbeak, turkey vulture, black and white warbler, great-tailed grackle, hermit thrush, plumbeous vireo, lazuli bunting, common yellowthroat, chipping sparrow, Lincoln 's sparrow, green heron, mourning dove, brown-headed cowbird, yellow-rump warbler, coot, great blue heron, Brewer's blackbird, Western tanager, Say's phoebe, great egret, ruby-crowned kinglet, purple finch, Townsend's solitaire, red crossbill, red-winged blackbird, black phoebe, Pacific slope flycatcher, yellow warbler, killdeer, vermillion flycatcher (female), Savannah sparrow, robin, black-throated gray warbler, Northern red-shafted flickerred-breasted nuthatch, Anna's hummingbird. We also saw a wren's nest with two chicks in it, in a cactus probably a cactus wren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday April 12, 2008 Col. Allensworth State Historic Park, Bill Moffat, coordinator.

Saturday March 29, 2008 Atwell Island Restoration Project, led by Dr. Steve Laymon, Atwell Island Project manager.

Saturday March 15, 2008 Kern Water Bank, led by Cheryl Harding, Kern Waterbank Authority manager.

Saturday Feb.9,2008 Our intrepid birdwatchers once again headed to the great out of doors at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge where staff members Jihadda Govan and Pam Williams led an educational and exciting tour of this fabulous facility.

Monday Feb. 18th our group had another spectacular trip at sunset to see the Sandhill Cranes and White Faced Ibis at the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge (see pictures below).

          
          

Saturday Jan. 19,2008 Mike McQuerrey led an expedition to the Wastewater Treatment facility ponds followed by a turn north and an exploration of Hart Park. Many birds (and birwatchers) were observed enjoying themselves at these sites.

Saturday Dec.1, 2007 An adventure around several lake sites and upland areas of Tehachipi was lead by the very experienced birder Richard Sparks. A wide variety of birds were seen because of the differing terrain they explored. This hearty crew returned refreshed by the crisp air, the glorious birds observed, and the enjoyable fellowship shared.

Saturday, Nov.17, 2007 This was a field trip led by expert birder John Wilson at Hart Park. John provided information especially helpful for the beginner birder. How to choose binoculars; how to identify birds; using the bird guides and which to use; how to spot birds and much much more were explained in an understandable and useful way. Birders of all levels learned new information and many exciting birds were observed and identified (with John's help).

Saturday Sept. 29,2007 This field trip joined "The Kern River Valley Turkey Vulture Festival" which celebrates the height of the fall Turkey Vulture migration through California's "Valley Wild", the Kern River Valley. After visiting the Kern River Preserve we quickly took up our observational posts at the Sierra Vista Restaurant near the best South Fork Vulture Roost. The restaurant served a special RoadKill Quiche and Compost Fruit Salad for the vultures. We humans substituted fresh ingredients and enjoyed a delightful breakfast while watching the spectacle of the morning vulture lift off. Did you know that circling vultures do not necessarily indicate the presence of a carcass.  Circling vultures may be gaining altitude for long flights, searching for food, or playing.  The 2004 count period from from September 14th through October 14th tallied 23,898 vultures.  The magnitude of the migration over this southern Sierra Nevada count site is awe inspiring. In addition to a plethora of vultures we were able to observe a variety of other birds as well. After our vigorous expedition we returned to Bakersfield satisfied both in mind and body.

Monday, August 13, 2007. Kern Audubon Field Trip to Goose Lake in northwest Kern County. Doug Collmer, land manager for California Conservation Fund, and Andrea Jones, Aubudon California IBA Coordinator, showed us wetlands at Goose Lake and the hidden Tumblen Lake. Goose Lake is a wildlife refuge under development, in the future there will be lots of ponds, vegetation, and all sorts of birds. And hunting will not be allowed! To see the trip bird list go to Kern Audubon News.

Saturday, August 11, 2007. A small group of KAS members attended the Kern River Preserve Hummingbird Celebration. A special treat was observing graduate students trapping and banding a variety of hummingbirds, then letting lookers-on release the birds! Reed Tollefson, Preserve Manager, gave several interpretive talks about the Kern River Valley and its biota and led a walking tour of the Nature Trail that ended at the South Fork of the Kern River - which was dry sand.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Over 20 persons took an evening tour at the Kern Water Bank . Cheryl Harding, Kern Water Bank Authority Manager, was our guide. The species count was low but the OhWow factor was high. Thanks to Bill Moffat for arranging the evening.

Saturday, June 30, 2007. Field trip to Panorama Vista Preserve, a 1000 acre riparian area below the Panorama Bluffs. KAS members Andy and Sacha Honig are very familiar with the area and showed us around this prime riparian habitat. For more information, go to the Preserve's site http://www.panoramavista.org. If you wish to visit the Preserve, contact the Honigs- andym5@cox.net.

Saturday, June 2, 2007. Field trip to Piute Ponds, Edwards Air Force Base. KAS member Kristie Grubb led us to hundreds of acres of ponds with many migrating and nesting birds, especially waterfowl and shorebirds. Dozens of herons and egrets were seen feeding on African Clawed Frogs, which inhabit the ponds-what a sight!

Saturday, May 12, 2007. Mike McQuerry led a trip to the Poso Creek Riparian Area east of Granite Road. Flanked by oil fields and range land, the creek is inhabited by large trees and shrubs and harbors many bird species. In addition to interesting birds, there was water in the creek and feral pigs in the water. Many Native American sites are also found near the creek.
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Saturday, May 5. Bill Lydecker led a group to the Kern River Valley, rendevoused with Bob Barnes and had a good time birding. Tom Page joined the group for his first trip and impressed every one with his 1960 version of Peterson's Field Guide! The group enjoyed lunch at the Sierra Vista Restaurant before coming down the hill.

Sunday, April 22, 2007, thirteen Earth Day participants spent several hours learning some of the local trees, shrubs, and other plants along the Kern River Parkway at Truxtun Lake. Thanks to Linda Cooley and Steve Hampson for lending their botanical expertise to the trip. We also saw a number of birds: Bullock's Oriole, California Thrasher, Mockingbird, Robin, House Finch, Song Sparrow, Killdeer, Canada Goose, Aubudon's Warbler, Mourning Dove, Cormorant, etc. And the group, ranging in age from 5 to 70+, picked up dozens of bags of trash from the floodplain and bike path.

Saturday, April 21, 2007. Eight California Condors were seen by 22 Auduboners at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Kern County. Few wildlfowers were seen but some magnificent scenery was viewed on a side trip to Pine Mountain (first for many) and a brief visit was paid to the southern end of the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Scott Frazer was very helpful in locating and identifying birds on this trip.

Saturday, April 14, 2007. Butterbredt Spring. Bob Barnes led us from Butterbredt Spring to Kelso Valley to the Kern River Preserve and Scodie Park, showing us a lot of migrating birds and good spots to look for them, as well as a Great Blue Heron rookery. Located in BLM's Area of Critical Environmental Concern 15 miles southwest of Ridgecrest, the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society and the landowner, Onyx Ranch, have declared the Buttebredt Spring a sanctuary. The Spring is a place where you can sit in a comfortable chair and just watch the birds fly in - an outstanding birding trip. We were joined on the trip by Tom Bacon, a member of the Golden Gate Audubon Chapter who was enroute to birding in Galileo Hill and hiking in the Grand Canyon. More information

Saturday, March 31, 2007. Galileo Hill. John Wilson lead a small group on this trip to a "migrant magnet" at a resort at California City in eastern Kern County . Over 60 species were logged, including 8 species of sparrows!

Saturday, March 10, 2007. Dr. Steve Laymon, director of BLM's Atwell Island Restoration Project near Alpaugh, gave a dozen Kern Auduboners a fantastic trip around the project. With so little rain this winter, few wildflowers and little greenery were seen, except in the irrigated areas that have not been retired from farming. The bird list was nearly sixty species and included sandhill cranes, barn and horned owls, kites and harriers galore, red tails a-courting, several sparrows, marsh wrens, black phoebes, redwing and Brewer's blackbirds, shrikes, whimbrels, long-billed curlews, killdeer, black bellied plovers, avocets, stilts, cinnamon, green-winged and blue-winged teal, mallards, ruddy ducks with bright cheeks, cormorants and ring-billed gulls. Several sightings were records for the project. And we stood on the bank of the historic Tulare Lake, kicking remnants of freshwater clam shells that abound in the soil. An additional treat was a visit to a never-cultivated plot where two Coast Horned Lizards were seen and held.

Saturday, February 24, 2007. Mike McQuerrey led a group of 16 Auduboners to the Bakersfield Waste Water Treatment Ponds on Mt. Vernon, south of Highway 58. Mike, as well as Gary File and Ken and Brenda Kyle helped the novices see a wide variety of water fowl and shorebirds. Highlights were: a Tundra Swan, 7 Snow Geese, a Greater White-fronted Goose, and a large flock of 174 Long-Billed Curlews. Some of the group went on to Hart Park where they spotted Purple Finches.

Saturday, February 10, 2007. Greg Warrick, Center for Natural Lands Management ecologist, took us to Semitropic and Sand Ridge Nature Preserves. Rain was forecast, it never came, the preserves could use it! Sand Ridge showed lots of Bakersfield cactus and other interesting plants, but few birds. Semitropic, a large never-cultivated, but grazed and burned preserve has a very interesting iodinebush-dominated ecosystem which grades into a spiny saltbush system. Probably the highlight of the trip was Sage Thrashers and perennial bunch grasses, seldom seen in the valley.

Saturday, January 27, 2007. Kern Water Bank west of Bakersfield. was explored under the leadership of John Wilson, local birding expert and coordinator of Audubon's Christmas Bird Counts. Cheryl Harding, manager of the Kern Water Bank authority led us to some fruitful spots where we saw white pelicans, egrets, herons, Virginia rail, flocks of black-crowned night herons, ducks, ibis, coots, shorebirds.... and lots of signs of coyote, kangaroo rat, kit fox, and skunk. We are planning an early evening tour in the spring to see the abundant nocturnal animals.

Saturday, January 20, 2007. Carrizo Plain National Monument. led by Kathy Sharum, Bureau of Land Management biologist and graduate of CSUB. A record number (24) of Auduboners enjoyed a beautiful day in a spectacular setting. Few birds spotted, but seen were Soda Lake, San Andreas Fault, Painted Rock, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, Giant Kangaroo Rat precincts.

Saturday, December 9, 2006. Kern National Wildlife Refuge. Scott Frazer, a KAS member and US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist showed us birds on parts of the Refuge that are off the trail route. Great weather, great group, great birding!

Saturday, November 18, 2006. Tule Elk State Reserve. Roger and Barbara Coley, KAS members who have been surveying birds at the Reserve for several months, led this trip. The Reserve has a wide variety of birds, raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, wading birds, as well as a large herd of Tule Elk. A large flock of White Pelicans was enjoyed on the trip. Learn more about Tule Elk State Reserve

Sunday, November 12, 2006. Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Delano. This trip was be led by Dr. John Wilson, longtime KAS member and expert birder. Fourteen of us saw lots of waterfowl and wading birds AND A PEREGRINE FALCON!