December 21st, 2012 - Tejon Ranch Conservancy staff and 25 other guests spread out across Tejon Ranch for our 5th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Among the 7 teams, we found a record high 115 species. Eight species were new to the Tejon Ranch Christmas Bird Count list and 1 of those were also new to the Tejon Ranch bird species list.
A Lapland longspur was heard among a group of horned larks and was a new species to the Ranch bird species list. Other species new to the Christmas Bird Count species list included: white throated swift, Townsend's solitare, pine siskin, common yellowthroat, western grebe, belted kingfisher, and white-tailed kite.
Other highlights included 8 California condors, 48 golden eagles, 113 red-tailed hawks, 3 dark-morphed Ferruginous hawks, 1 dark-morph rough-legged hawk, and 261 band-tailed pigeons.
Photo courtesy of Andrea Jones