From a Wildlife Tour of Tule Elk Reserve, Kern and Pixley Wildlife Refuges, and Allensworth State Park all northwest of Bakersfield, California, on 2/7/14, with Connie Adams and Maryanne Strehlow.
After 4 hours in nearby Kern National Wildlifr Refuge, the docent there told us that Pixley currently had a great number of sandhill cranes in residence and at sunset they all returned from feeding in the fields to the wetlands of Pixley. We drove toward Pixley and found sandhill cranes feeding in the fields along the road, with some Canada geese and a couple of snow geese. We then continued and saw ibis near the road. At the NWR at sunset, we walked into the reserve and were rewarded with hundreds of sandhill cranes returning from their days feeding.
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