Saturday, October 29, 2011

More Sedgwick County Birding!

Richard Stevens:

Been without internet access for awhile now. Catching up on some interesting birding times the past nine days.

October 29, 2011

The CoBus group returned to Ovid this morning. Winds measured 6-8 mph, gusts to 12 mph; temperatures did not reach 60 degrees.

Again, the Sharp tailed Sparrow could not be found. Perhaps our last try for the bird; or maybe not.

A Purple Finch was again found in the southern section of Ovid Woods. It flew west and was relocated later along 3rd street and again along 5th street. We could not pin down an exact location where he spends most of his time.

While searching for the Purple Finch, we observed flashes of red along the S. Platte River south of Ovid (basically, part of Julesburg Wildlife Area). Unfortunately, the male Northern Cardinal stayed on private property (no photos acquired).

A hike along the eastern section of the Julesburg Wildlife Area added a Harris's Sparrow and Red-bellied Woodpecker to our day list.

A White-throated Sparrow was again seen at the Ovid Sewage Pond area.

No owls found tonight.

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