During your travels this summer, if you find yourself looking out the car window at a scene like this, do the following: pull over, grab your binoculars, a bottle of water, a sturdy walking stick to beat back the snakes, put on some sunscreen, and get as close as you can to the action! This lush cottonwood, willow, and mesquite seam yielded western & summer tanagers, Bullock’s orioles, yellow-breasted chats, Bell’s vireos, Nashville and yellow warblers, black-headed and blue grosbeak, western kingbirds, ash-throated and brown-crested flycatchers, and phainopepla. The arid hillside leading down to it sang with black-throated sparrows, Scott’s orioles, Costa’s hummingbirds, black-tailed gnatcatchers, Gambel’s quail, white-winged doves, and verdin. All this and I probably missed a dozen species due to inexperience!
Our trip to the Kern River Preserve in a couple of weeks is a similar setting, with similar action. Add to the list, yellow-billed cuckoos and indigo buntings. They have a visitor center with feeders and nature trails. Check our events calendar if you might be interested.