Tag Archives: california

Neotropic Cormorants at the Blythe Fish Ponds

This morning, the Tobins (Michelle and Jennifer), Bobby Wilcox, and I had two Neotropic Cormorants at the Blythe Fish Ponds in Blythe, CA. Who would’ve guessed the Blythe Fish Ponds would be in Blythe, CA? Anyway. Neotropic Cormorant is a review species in California. There was one individual present 1 March 2013 that David Vander Pluym and Lauren Harter of Phainopepla Fables found. Based on David’s photo here, I think these two birds are new. Both birds seen today were not missing or molting primary feathers like the one in David’s photos. Here are the photos of today’s birds. If you’re interested in looking for these birds or birding the fish ponds in general check out this Google Map I created: http://goo.gl/maps/bq5dy

Neotropic Cormorants - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorant - California

Neotropic Cormorants - California

Blythe Fish Ponds, Riverside, US-CA

Apr 18, 2013 7:55 AM – 8:34 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.4 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
24 species

Cinnamon Teal  1
Redhead  6
Ruddy Duck  3
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Neotropic Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  10
Great Egret  9
Snowy Egret  4
White-faced Ibis  190
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  1
Common Gallinule  1
Black-necked Stilt  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  3
Long-billed Dowitcher  9
Rock Pigeon  2
Burrowing Owl  1
Cliff Swallow  25
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-headed Blackbird  30
Great-tailed Grackle  15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13788527

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Marbled Godwits are on the move in the LCRV!

Up now at Birding is Fun!

Marbled Godwit in Cibola, AZ on 10 April 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Wordless Wednesday

Banding Yellow-billed Cuckoo Nestlings!

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of banding the nestlings from our first Yellow-billed Cuckoo nest of the year. The nest held three nestlings, with the oldest being 5 days old. The other two were 4 and 3 days old. Each nestling was equipped with a federal silver band and a color coded band. We also took wing, tail, tarsus, and bill length measurements. Today, we found one more nest and have our sights set on another nest. Hopefully there will be more nestlings to come! Here are some photos from the banding session:

Just another day at the office.

Red-shouldered Hawk at the Kern River Preserve on 7-20-2012

Today was another typical day at the office. My office consists of Goodding’s Willow and Fremont Cottonwood in the Kern River Valley. Each morning, I am in the office around 4 and observe a variety of bird and mammal species throughout the day. Here is my list from the Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey I did this morning on the Audubon Kern River Preserve. Typically, I see anywhere from 35 to 40 species of birds each day I am out in the field. When I am surveying, I only take note of species not exact numbers of individuals present. If you come to bird the Kern River Valley, here’s what you could expect:

Kern River Preserve, Kern, US-CA
Jul 20, 2012 5:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey on Slough Channel East. No detections. Only species were recorded, not individual numbers.
40 species

California Quail
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Barn Owl
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Western Wood-Pewee
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Oak Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Western Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler (Northern)
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Habitat Preference of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus, prefers desert riparian woodlands consisting of Gooding’s Willow and Fremont Cottonwood. They appear to inhabit open woodlands with a low understory. Here in Kern County, California, cuckoos hold high preference for tracts of land greater than 15 ha with a canopy height of 5 – 30 m and an understory height of 1 – 6 m. During migration, cuckoos desire coastal scrub, second growth forests, hedgerows, edge, lowland forests, and numerous other habitats. On the wintering grounds, cuckoos opt for woody vegetation bordering fresh water, open woodlands, thickets, partial scrub, and edge. Here are some photos of good habitat in the Kern River Valley where we are studying Yellow-billed Cuckoos. There are many individuals in the area where I took these photos, so we suspect to find a few nests.




Reference: Hughes, J.M. 1999. Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus). In The Birds of North America, No. 418 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Throwback: Salton Sea Photos from 4/14/2012

Here are some photos I took while birding at the Salton Sea back in mid-April. Enjoy!

Cattle Egret


Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Great Horned Owls

American Kestrel