Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sedgwick County Birding

May 28, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Today I conducted point counts mostly in Sedgwick County. I drove most of the roads north and east of Jumbo Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick Counties).

I did stop at Sedgwick Bar Wildlife Area (Sedgwick) and relocate the Kentucky Warbler I first found on 5/26. A couple of birders plan to head out tomorrow to see it. It is a nice male with fresh plumage, quite striking! A male Red-bellied Woodpecker was also still there.

High winds again reduced the number of birds flying around.

Stops at three private ranches did find a few interesting birds:
Bay-breasted Warbler
Magnolia Warbler (2 Locations)
Red-eyed Vireo
Long-eared Owl (nesting pair)
Mountain Plover (difficult find in Sedgwick County)

I ended my birding day with a hike at Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan). Most of the interesting birds were previously found birds:
Bell's Vireo (1-2 West Section)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Tamarack Pond)
Black-throated Green Warbler (1 West)
Field Sparrow (2)
Red-bellied Woodpeckers
Eastern Screech-Owl (6-7 East)

There are a few Red-headed Woodpeckers (7+); it has been a few years since any have been around.

A Short-eared Owl flew around at dusk between Red Lion Wildlife Area and Jumbo Reservoir.

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