Monday, March 7, 2011

Northeastern Colorado

March 7, 2011

Richard Stevens:

About an hour before sunrise, Roger Danka and I went out searching for Greater Prairie-Chickens in Sedgwick County. There are several fields along Logan County Road 46 where Greater Prairie-Chickens follow Ring-necked Pheasants wandering around looking for food (especially after a dusting of snow). The intersection with Logan County Road 89 has been especially successful in the past. Unfortunately, none was found today. The area did receive an inch or so of snow last night.

Afterwards, we headed over to Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan). Short walks up the roads through eastern and western sections found 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

We missed the Eastern Screech-Owl at section 6 East. Normally section 7 East has many sparrows. They must have "slept in" today.

A walk around Tamarack Pond west to the maintenance building added a male Northern Cardinal to our day list. The red bird stood out well in the snow covered trees and fields.

Jumbo Reservoir was our next stop. Hundreds of ducks of course stayed mostly in the middle of the lake. The snowstorm also appeared to blow in many gulls. A Lesser Black-backed Gull being the only uncommon Gull we found.

Back at Roger's ranch, we found an adult and juvenile Harris's Sparrow still visiting his feeders.

With temperatures in the low 40s and winds around 10 mph it was cold all day. We decided to go back out and look for Short-eared Owls just before sunset.

A quick stop at Logan County Roads 46 & 89, still no Greater Prairie-Chickens wandering around. Then we parked at Sedgwick County 3 & 68 roads, which gave us a good look at the fields to the south and west. No Short-eared Owls appeared tonight.

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