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Kern County Hummingbird Identification Guide

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Feeding Hummingbirds

KRV Hummingbird Finding Guide

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Kern River Valley Birds Checklist

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Audubon Kern River Preserve Winter Birding Guide

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Audubon Kern River Preserve Summer Birding Guide

Audubon Kern River Preserve Fall Birding Guide


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Birding on the Kern River Preserve and South Fork Kern River

KRV Hummingbird Finding Guide

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Summer Tanagers on the Kern River

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Bird Banding on the Kern River Preserve and South Fork Kern River

Kern River Valley Turkey Vulture Community Watch


America's birdiest inland county 2010

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Kern River Valley Christmas Bird Count History

Schedule of KRV Christmas Bird Counts

Kern River Preserve, 18747 Hwy. 178, Weldon, Headquarters for the Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival (weekend closest to May 1) Hummingbird Celebration ( August), and Turkey Vulture Festival (weekend closest to October 1) - Feeders are up from mid-March through mid-October. Large (48 ounce) feeders are hung from posts mounts in two hummingbird gardens. There is a water mister set up in the front yard. The Preserve's nature trails are available for viewing hummingbirds in a natural setting.

The Kern River Preserve is an excellent, scenic, shaded, and cool location for viewing abundant, in season, Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Anna's Hummingbirds, and Rufous Hummingbirds. There are small numbers (c. 1:20 ratio) of Allen's Hummingbirds in with the abundant Rufous Hummingbirds. But, they are only safely identifiable in the hand. Costa's Hummingbird and Calliope Hummingbird are present on occasion in spring or July and August; usually one individual at a time.

Black Rock Ranger Station, 8000+', Kern Plateau, Sequoia National Forest - 200 meters north of the junction of paved Sherman Pass Road and paved Kennedy Meadows (Troy Meadows) Road. Ninety paved road minutes from Kernville. For Calliope Hummingbirds in June, July, and August at look for flowering plants between Blackrock and Troy Meadow. Anna's, Rufous, and Allen's may be present as well. Open Memorial Day Weekend (May) through mid-October. The exact opening and closing dates depend upon snow conditions on roads. Contact the Forest Service's Cannell Meadow Ranger District headquarters in Kernville for specific information. P: 1-760-376-3781.

Species Accounts for KRV Hummingbirds

Black-chinned Hummingbird -  Common to abundant nesting species in the Kern River Valley. Present from mid-April through mid-September. Common to abundant from end of April through mid-July.
Kern River Preserve Headquarters feeders are an excellent location for Black-chinned Hummingbirds as they nest commonly to abundantly in the riparian (river associated) habitat surrounding the yard.
Feeders at businesses (e.g.: Kern Lodge in Kernville) and private homes throughout the Kern River Valley communities surrounding Isabella Reservoir in summer.

Anna's Hummingbird - Common to abundant nesting species throughout the Kern River Valley. Present from mid-March through mid-October. Most leave for the winter. Some individuals overwinter.
This largest of the regularly occurring Kern River Valley hummingbird species will be found at virtually all feeders in the area; even appearing at high elevation feeders during post-nesting wanderings in July and August (e.g.: Black Rock Ranger Station at over 8000' in the Sequoia National Forest).

Costa's Hummingbird - Common nesting species in desert portions of the Kern River Valley. Known to be present from mid-March (and often earlier) through mid-August.
Natural areas for viewing Costa's Hummingbirds include Butterbredt Spring and Audubon's Kelso Creek Sanctuary in April and May.
Feeder locations for reliable public viewing of this species will be posted as they become available.

Calliope Hummingbird - Common nesting species in the mountain regions surrounding the Kern River Valley. Present from the end of April through at least mid-August.
Natural areas where this species is known to nest include along Chimney Creek at Chimney Creek Campground, along Fish Creek at Fish Creek and Troy Meadow Campgrounds, and at Quaking Aspen Campground.
The feeders at Black Rock Ranger Station are the most reliable location for viewing this species with dozens of individuals present in late June and July; virtually all females and immatures.
Be on the alert for this species at any feeders during migration.

Rufous Hummingbird - A super abundant migratory species throughout the Kern River Valley and surrounding mountains from mid-July through early-September. Some individuals may show up on southbound "fall" migration as early as the latter third of June and linger as late as early October. A few individuals per feeding location, usually adult males, pass through the Kern River Valley on northbound "spring" migration from February through mid-May.
During the height of migration this species is the most numerous hummingbird at all feeders, low elevation and high, throughout the region.
During the height of migration, Rufous Hummingbirds are also super abundant at montane flower patches (Penstemon species, etc.) throughout the Greenhorn Mountains and Kern Plateau.

Allen's Hummingbird - An uncommon migratory species throughout the Kern River Valley and surrounding mountains from late-June through at least late-August. 
During the height of migration this "Rufous Hummingbird look-alike" species has been found, based on banding rates, to be outnumbered by Rufous Hummingbirds 20:1. It appears, like Rufous, to be at feeders, low elevation and high, throughout the region.
Like Rufous Hummingbirds, during the height of migration, they are also found at montane flower patches (Penstemon species, etc.) throughout the Greenhorn Mountains and Kern Plateau. Allen's Hummingbirds are virtually impossible to identify in comparison with Rufous Hummingbirds unless by an expert doing so in the hand.

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