Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Logan/Sedgwick and Yuma Counties

August 30, 2010

Richard Stevens:

Roger Danka and I drove CR 385 about 3 hours before sunrise. This is the road that runs through the eastern section of Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan County). An Eastern Screech-Owl called near the 7 East parking area.

Roger and I returned to Jumbo Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick Counties). The Eastern Screech-Owl still calls from the north side of Jumbo. Again, the Ruddy Turnstone was not found. The Black-bellied Plovers and Willets were still around. The Semipalmated Plover not so much.

Later, we heard about the Gray Flycatcher sighting (Bill Kaempfer, 8/29) and headed back to Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area. Fortunately, the flycatcher was still there; thanks Bill for a first county sighting for us! A Field Sparrow and several Grasshopper Sparrows were in the same area.

A male Northern Cardinal was again found around Tamarack Ranch Pond. No Yellow-billed Cuckoos responded to our recordings today. The Field Sparrow was still at section 7 East. Several Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Red-headed Woodpeckers were relocated.

We searched unsuccessfully for the Pectoral Sandpiper reported yesterday by Bill Kaempfer at Red Lion Wildlife Area. We walked the western and eastern tree lines at Little Jumbo. The best bird was a Bell's Vireo in the eastern trees.

At noon, I said goodbye to Roger and his wife and headed south to Wray. My birding day ended at Sandsage Wildlife Area (Yuma County). A quick stop at the Wray City Park was quite eventful. A Blue-headed Vireo and MacGillivray's Warbler were found!

No uncommon sparrows were found among tens of dozens wandering around the tall brush there. No Eastern Screech-Owls called after dusk.

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