Birds of Kern County, California

Total number of species: 438 native + 1 provisional + 8 accepted introduced = 447 + 5 unaccepted introduced species 452 (California Condor may be treated as introduced)

bold italics with asterisk * = CBRC review species

ITALICS WITH ASTERISK * = exceptional, rare visitants or vagrants

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

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

  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck* Dendrocygna autumnalis   19 June 1938 Buena Vista Lake
  Fulvous Whistling-Duck* Dendrocygna bicolor   (CBSSC)
  Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons   (CBSSC)
  Snow Goose Chen caerulescens    
  Ross's Goose Chen rossii    
  Brant Branta bernicla   (CBSSC)
  Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii    
  Canada Goose Branta canadensis    
  Trumpeter Swan* Cygnus buccinator   (FP)(W) not on official list
  Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus    
  Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata   (I) not on official list
  Wood Duck Aix sponsa    
  Gadwall Anas strepera    
  Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope    
  American Wigeon Anas americana    
  Mallard Anas platyrhynchos    
  Blue-winged Teal Anas discors    
  Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera    
  Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata    
  Northern Pintail Anas acuta    
  Garganey* Anas querquedula   September 1990 and 1995 - Cantil
  Green-winged Teal Anas crecca    
  Canvasback Aythya valisineria    
  Redhead Aythya americana   (CBSSC)
  Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris    
  Tufted Duck* Aythya fuligula    
  Greater Scaup* Aythya marila    
  Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis    
  Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata    
  White-winged Scoter* Melanitta fusca    
  Long-tailed Duck* Clangula hyemalis   Dec  1990- Nov1991 & 14-25 March 2015
  Bufflehead Bucephala albeola    
  Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula    
  Barrow's Goldeneye* Bucephala islandica   (CBSSC)
  Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus    
  Common Merganser Mergus merganser    
  Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator    
  Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis    
  Mountain Quail Oreortyx pictus   (W)
  California Quail Callipepla californica    
  Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii  

native on restricted China Lake NAWS

 (I) the rest of county

  Chukar Alectoris chukar   (I)
  Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus   (I)
  Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus   (I) not on official list
  Sooty Grouse Dendragapus fuliginosus   (CBSSC)(W)
  Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo   (I)
  Red-throated Loon* Gavia stellata    
  Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica    
  Common Loon Gavia immer   (CBSSC)
  Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps    
  Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus    
  Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena    
  Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis    
  Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis    
  Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii   (W)
  Wood Stork* Mycteria americana   (CBSSC)
  Magnificent Frigatebird* Fregata magnificens    
  Neotropic Cormorant* Phalacrocorax brasilianus   May 11-23, 2015 - George Griffeth found this bird at Lake Ming - May 11, 2015
  Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus   (CSC)
  American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos   (CBSSC)
  Brown Pelican* Pelecanus occidentalis   (FP)
  American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus    
  Least Bittern* Ixobrychus exilis   (CBSSC)
  Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias   sensitive
  Great Egret Ardea alba   sensitive
  Snowy Egret Egretta thula   watch list
  Little Blue Heron* Egretta caerulea    
  Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis    
  Green Heron Butorides virescens    
  Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax   sensitive
  White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi   (CSC)
  Roseate Spoonbill* Platalea ajaja    
  Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura    
  California Condor Gymnogyps californianus   (E) (FP) (W)
  Osprey Pandion haliaetus   (CSC)
  White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus   (FP)
  Mississippi Kite* Ictinia mississippiensis    
  Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus   (SE) (FP)
  Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus   (CBSSC)
  Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus   (CSC)
  Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii   (CSC)
  Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis   (CBSSC)
  Common Black Hawk* Buteogallus anthracinus    
  Harris's Hawk* Parabuteo unicinctus   (CSC)
  Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus    
  Broad-winged Hawk* Buteo platypterus    
  Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni   (ST-CA)(W)
  Zone-tailed Hawk* Buteo albonotatus    
  Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis    
  Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus    
  Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis   (CSC)
  Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos    (FP)
  Virginia Rail Rallus limicola    
  Sora Porzana carolina    
  Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata    
  American Coot Fulica americana    
  Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis   (ST-Greater) (FP)(CBSSC)
  Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus    
  American Avocet Recurvirostra americana    
  Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola    
  American Golden-Plover* Pluvialis dominica   (W)
  Pacific Golden-Plover* Pluvialis fulva    
  Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus   (FT) (CBSSC)(W)
  Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus    
  Killdeer Charadrius vociferus    
  Mountain Plover Charadrius montanus   (CBSSC)(W)
  Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius    
  Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria    
  Wandering Tattler* Tringa incana   (W)
  Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca    
  Willet Tringa semipalmata    
  Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes    
  Wood Sandpiper* Tringa glareola    
  Upland Sandpiper* Bartramia longicauda    
  Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus    
  Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus   (CSC)(W)
  Hudsonian Godwit* Limosa haemastica   (W)
  Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa   (W)
  Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres    
  Black Turnstone* Arenaria melanocephala   (W)
  Red Knot* Calidris canutus    
  Ruff* Calidris pugnax    
  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper* Calidris acuminata    
  Stilt Sandpiper* Calidris himantopus    
  Curlew Sandpiper* Calidris ferruginea    
  Red-necked Stint* Calidris ruficollis    
  Sanderling Calidris alba    
  Dunlin Calidris alpina    
  Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii    
  Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla    
  White-rumped Sandpiper* Calidris fuscicollis    
  Buff-breasted Sandpiper* Calidris subruficollis    
  Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos    
  Semipalmated Sandpiper* Calidris pusilla    
  Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri    
  Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus    
  Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus    
  Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata    
  Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor    
  Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus    
  Red Phalarope* Phalaropus fulicarius    
  Pomarine Jaeger* Stercorarius pomarinus    
  Parasitic Jaeger* Stercorarius parasiticus    
  Long-tailed Jaeger* Stercorarius longicaudus    
  Black-legged Kittiwake* Rissa tridactyla    
  Sabine's Gull Xema sabini    
  Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia    
  Little Gull* Hydrocoloeus minutus    
  Laughing Gull* Leucophaeus atricilla   (CSC)
  Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan    
  Heermann's Gull* Larus heermanni    
  Mew Gull* Larus canus    
  Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis    
  Western Gull* Larus occidentalis    
  Yellow-footed Gull* Larus livens    
  California Gull Larus californicus   (CSC)
  Herring Gull Larus argentatus    
  Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri    
  Lesser Black-backed Gull* Larus fuscus   Susan Steele 21 Dec 08 BV Lake
  Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens    
  Glaucous Gull* Larus hyperboreus    
  Least Tern* Sternula antillarum   (SE) (FE) (FP)
  Gull-billed Tern* Gelochelidon nilotica   Susan Steele 2 May 2014 S. Evaporation Ponds (restricted access)
  Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia    
  Black Tern Chlidonias niger   (CBSSC)
  Common Tern Sterna hirundo    
  Arctic Tern* Sterna paradisaea    
  Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri    
  Black Skimmer* Rynchops niger   (CBSSC)
  Rock Pigeon Columba livia   (I)
  Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata    
  African Collared-Dove Streptopelia roseogrisea   (I) not on official list
  Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis   (I) not on official list
  Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto   (I)
  Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis   (I)
  Inca Dove* Columbina inca    
  Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina    
  Ruddy Ground-Dove* Columbina talpacoti    
  White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica    
  Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura    
  Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus   (SE)
  Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus    
  Groove-billed Ani* Crotophaga sulcirostris    
  Barn Owl Tyto alba    
  Flammulated Owl Psiloscops flammeolus    
  Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii    
  Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus    
  Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma    
  Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia   (CBSSC)
  Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis   (CBSSC)
  Long-eared Owl Asio otus   (CBSSC)
  Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus   (CBSSC)
  Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus    
  Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis    
  Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor    
  Common Poorwill Phalaenoptilus nuttallii    
  Black Swift Cypseloides niger   (CBSSC)
  Chimney Swift* Chaetura pelagica    
  Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi   (CBSSC)
  White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis    
  Green Violetear* Colibri thalassinus  

30 July-1 August 1977 - Steven W. Cardiff, Iris Meadow, Mt. Pinos

  Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri    
  Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna    
  Costa's Hummingbird Calypte costae   watch list
  Broad-tailed Hummingbird* Selasphorus platycercus    
  Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus    
  Allen's Hummingbird* Selasphorus sasin    
  Calliope Hummingbird Selasphorus calliope    
  Broad-billed Hummingbird* Cynanthus latirostris    
  Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon    
  Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis   watch list
  Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus    
  Williamson's Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus    
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius    
  Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis    
  Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber   watch list
  Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris    
  Nuttall's Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii   watch list
  Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens    
  Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus    
  White-headed Woodpecker Picoides albolarvatus   watch list
  Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus    
  Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus    
  Crested Caracara* Caracara cheriway   FT
  American Kestrel Falco sparverius    
  Merlin Falco columbarius   (CSC)
  Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus   (FP)
  Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus   (CSC)
  Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri   (I) not on official list
  Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi   (CBSSC)
  Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus    
  Eastern Wood-Pewee* Contopus virens    
  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher* Empidonax flaviventris    
  Alder Flycatcher* Empidonax alnorum    rejected but on official list?
  Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii   (SE full species) (FE - extimus)
  Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus    
  Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii    
  Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii    
  Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri    
  Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis    
  Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans    
  Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe    
  Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya    
  Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus   (CBSSC)
  Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens    
  Great Crested Flycatcher* Myiarchus crinitus    
  Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus   (CSC)
  Tropical Kingbird* Tyrannus melancholicus    
  Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans    
  Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis    
  Eastern Kingbird* Tyrannus tyrannus    
  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher* Tyrannus forficatus    
  Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus   (CBSSC)
  Northern Shrike* Lanius excubitor    
  White-eyed Vireo* Vireo griseus    
  Bell's Vireo* Vireo bellii   (FE) (SE)
  Gray Vireo* Vireo vicinior   (CBSSC)
  Yellow-throated Vireo* Vireo flavifrons    
  Plumbeous Vireo* Vireo plumbeus    
  Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii    
  Blue-headed Vireo* Vireo solitarius    
  Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni    
  Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus    
  Philadelphia Vireo* Vireo philadelphicus    
  Red-eyed Vireo* Vireo olivaceus    
  Yellow-green Vireo* Vireo flavoviridis    
  Pinyon Jay Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus    
  Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri    
  Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica    
  Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana    
  Black-billed Magpie* Pica hudsonia    
  Yellow-billed Magpie Pica nuttalli   watch list
  American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos    
  Common Raven Corvus corax    
  Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris   (CSC)
  Purple Martin Progne subis   (CBSSC)
  Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor    
  Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina    
  Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis    
  Bank Swallow Riparia riparia   (ST)
  Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota    
  Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica    
  Mountain Chickadee Poecile gambeli    
  Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus    
  Juniper Titmouse Baeolophus ridgwayi    
  Verdin Auriparus flaviceps    
  Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus    
  Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis    
  White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis    
  Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea    
  Brown Creeper Certhia americana    
  Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus    
  Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus    
  House Wren Troglodytes aedon    
  Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus    
  Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris    
  Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii    
  Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus    
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea    
  Black-tailed Gnatcatcher* Polioptila melanura   summer 2009 - Jon Feenstra
  American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus    
  Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa    
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula    
  Dusky Warbler* Phylloscopus fuscatus    
  Arctic Warbler* Phylloscopus borealis   7 Sept 2007 - B. & S. Steele - Galileo
  Wrentit Chamaea fasciata    
  Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana    
  Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides    
  Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi    
  Veery* Catharus fuscescens    
  Gray-cheeked Thrush* Catharus minimus    
  Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus    
  Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus    
  Wood Thrush* Hylocichla mustelina    
  Eyebrowed Thrush* Turdus obscurus    
  American Robin Turdus migratorius    
  Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius    
  Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis    
  Brown Thrasher* Toxostoma rufum    
  Bendire's Thrasher* Toxostoma bendirei   (CBSSC)
  California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum    
  Le Conte's Thrasher Toxostoma lecontei   (CBSSC)
  Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus    
  Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos    
  European Starling Sturnus vulgaris   (I)
  Red-throated Pipit* Anthus cervinus    
  American Pipit Anthus rubescens    
  Sprague's Pipit* Anthus spragueii    
  Bohemian Waxwing* Bombycilla garrulus    
  Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum    
  Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens    
  Lapland Longspur* Calcarius lapponicus    
  Chestnut-collared Longspur* Calcarius ornatus    
  Smith's Longspur* Calcarius pictus    
  McCown's Longspur* Rhynchophanes mccownii    
  Snow Bunting* Plectrophenax nivalis    
  Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla    
  Worm-eating Warbler* Helmitheros vermivorum    
  Louisiana Waterthrush* Parkesia motacilla    
  Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis    
  Golden-winged Warbler* Vermivora chrysoptera    
  Blue-winged Warbler* Vermivora cyanoptera    
  Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia    
  Prothonotary Warbler* Protonotaria citrea    
  Tennessee Warbler* Oreothlypis peregrina    
  Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata    
  Lucy's Warbler* Oreothlypis luciae   (CBSSC)
  Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla    
  Virginia's Warbler Oreothlypis virginiae   (CSC)
  Connecticut Warbler* Oporornis agilis    
  MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei    
  Mourning Warbler* Geothlypis philadelphia    
  Kentucky Warbler* Geothlypis formosa    
  Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas    
  Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina    
  American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla    
  Cape May Warbler* Setophaga tigrina    
  Cerulean Warbler* Setophaga cerulea    
  Northern Parula* Setophaga americana    
  Magnolia Warbler* Setophaga magnolia    
  Bay-breasted Warbler* Setophaga castanea    
  Blackburnian Warbler* Setophaga fusca    
  Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia   (CBSSC)
  Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica    
  Blackpoll Warbler* Setophaga striata    
  Black-throated Blue Warbler* Setophaga caerulescens    
  Palm Warbler* Setophaga palmarum    
  Pine Warbler* Setophaga pinus  

8 Nov 2014 - Desert Memorial Park, Ridgecrest - Tom Benson, et al.

  Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata    
  Yellow-throated Warbler* Setophaga dominica    
  Prairie Warbler* Setophaga discolor    
  Grace's Warbler* Setophaga graciae  

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

  Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens    
  Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi    
  Hermit Warbler Setophaga occidentalis    
  Black-throated Green Warbler* Setophaga virens    
  Canada Warbler* Cardellina canadensis    
  Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla    
  Red-faced Warbler *

Cardellina rubrifrons

 

7 October 2014 -Ken and Brenda Kyle - Galileo Hill

  Painted Redstart* Myioborus pictus    
  Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens   (CBSSC)
  Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus    
  Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus    
  Rufous-crowned Sparrow Aimophila ruficeps    
  California Towhee Melozone crissalis    
  Cassin's Sparrow* Peucaea cassinii    
  American Tree Sparrow* Spizelloides arborea    
  Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina    
  Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida    
  Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri    
  Field Sparrow* Spizella pusilla    
  Black-chinned Sparrow Spizella atrogularis    
  Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus    
  Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus    
  Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata    
  Sagebrush Sparrow* Artemisiospiza nevadensis    
  Bell's Sparrow Artemisiospiza belli    
  Lark Bunting* Calamospiza melanocorys    
  Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis    
  Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum   (CBSSC)
  Le Conte's Sparrow* Ammodramus leconteii    
  Nelson's Sparrow* Ammodramus nelsoni    
  Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca    
  Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia    
  Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii    
  Swamp Sparrow* Melospiza georgiana    
  White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis    
  Harris's Sparrow* Zonotrichia querula    
  White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys    
  Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla    
  Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis    
  Rustic Bunting* Emberiza rustica    
  Hepatic Tanager* Piranga flava   (CSC) rejected  not on official list
  Summer Tanager Piranga rubra   (CBSSC)
  Scarlet Tanager* Piranga olivacea    
  Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana    
  Pyrrhuloxia* Cardinalis sinuatus    7 May 2011
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus    
  Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus    
  Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea    
  Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena    
  Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea    
  Painted Bunting* Passerina ciris    
  Dickcissel* Spiza americana    
  Bobolink* Dolichonyx oryzivorus    
  Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus   (CBSSC) Kern subspecies
  Tricolored Blackbird Agelaius tricolor   (CBSSC)
  Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta    
  Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus   (CBSSC)
  Rusty Blackbird* Euphagus carolinus