Sunday, May 22, 2011

Final Grouse Trip Day 6

It has been decided that instead of waiting a week for a grouse trip to finish and getting reports, I will transcribe telephone reports of current grouse trips. I will do my best. Amy Davenport

May 21, 2011

The CoBus groups started today by watching eleven Greater Prairie-Chickens at a private lek. Afterwards, they hurried over to the Yuma County Road 45 Lek and found another five birds thirty minutes after sunrise.

A visit to Wray City Park in Yuma County relocated the Mourning Warbler (Daniel Maynard, 5/19). They also found a Tennessee Warbler and Blackpoll Warbler. Nothing rare was found at Stalker Pond or the Wray Fishing Unit.

At Frenchman Creek Wildlife Area, they found a White-throated Sparrow among dozens of migrating, albeit, common sparrows.

Birding in Philips County was fantastic. At Holyoke City Park, they found Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Plumbeous Vireo.

A Summer Tanager was at the Holyoke High School.

Haxtun was exciting also. They found a Blackpoll Warbler at Haxtun City Park. Another Blackpoll Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and Plumbeous Vireo were at Haxtun Sewage Ponds.

A pair of Long-eared Owls is nesting at a private ranch in Sedgwick County. At Roger Danka's ranch, they heard a couple of Eastern Screech-Owls and a Common Poorwill.

Winds were again strong. Measured at Wray 18 mph w/gusts to 22 mph. Julesburg 15 mph w/gusts to 24 mph.

It is rainy near Julesburg and high winds again predicted for Sunday.

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