Kern River Valley - "Hummingbird Viewing Capital of California"
Feeders up March through mid-October
2007 Recap and Photo Gallery
2008 Recap & Photo Gallery
FREE - a no host event held at the preserve. Bird walks,
bird feeding workshops, t-shirt sales, information booth. Very low key event.
Hummingbird numbers increase steadily at the Kern
River Preserve hummingbird feeders from June until
numbers decline throughout August. Allen's and Rufous numbers peak the third
week of August.
hummingbird species are possible at the Kern River Preserve feeders in July,
August, & early September with over one thousand hummingbirds present
some days: Black-chinned
(numbers decrease from July through early September), Anna's, Costa's (low
numbers), Calliope (rarely), Rufous (peak numbers in late August & early
September), and Allen's (virtually impossible to separate from Rufous, even
adult males, except during banding sessions).
Costa's and Calliope are more
numerous at feeders in the desert (Costa's) and montane (Calliope) regions of
the Kern River Valley watershed. Allen's pass through in small numbers the
latter third of June through the middle of August. The Kern River Valley has
less than five records each of Broad-billed and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITY INFORMATION
Weather in the Kern River Valley in mid August
is usually very hot (sunny, 60–105º F daytime temperature range), but it can be
variable. For your comfort, we suggest bringing water, snacks, a hat, sun
screen, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes. There are no food
vendors at the preserve so participants should bring
lunch and drinks for the day.
This event is free although we suggest a
$10.00 donation per adult
to help defray the cost of feeding all of the birds at the
Kern River Preserve.
The Kern River Valley - "Hummingbird
Viewing Capital of California"
Feeders are up
from March through mid-October
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