Friday, October 14, 2011

Phillips County Walk-In-Area Surveys

Instead of waiting a week for a bird trips to finish and getting reports, I will transcribe telephone reports of current bird trips. Amy Davenport

October 13, 2011

The CoBus group continued to bird Walk In Areas, today in Phillips County.

They visited eight WIAs today. Selection was those along Frenchman Creek and areas visited in past years.

Highlights included:

# Walk In Area (CR 31 to 33, north of CR 22) (Restricted Fee Area)
* Baird's Sparrow (Ehlmann) first 10/13

# Walk In Area (CR 49 to 51, north of CR 38) (Restricted Fee Area)
* Sprague's Pipit (Ehlmann) first 10/13

They also stopped at Frenchman Creek Wildlife Area, which was described as "quite birdy". Dozens of sparrows included 2 Field Sparrows, 2 White-throated Sparrows, 12+ White-crowned Sparrows, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 12+ Vesper Sparrows. They also found an interesting "ammodramus sparrow" which was not identified.

Sprague's Pipits were found at three locations including the one above. A Barn Owl was at one WIA. Two Eastern Screech-Owls were found after dark.

They found all three common longspurs at more than one location (McCown's, Chestnut-collared and Lapland Longspur).

Target birds for Friday: Sharp tailed Sparrow or Smith's Longspur would be nice.

Weather Thursday: Highs reached 75 degrees, winds steady at 10 mph. Winds were not as bad as Wednesday, still made birding difficult.

Notes on Walk-In-Areas: Richard Stevens and Bryan Ehlmann started monitoring several dozen Walk In Areas in 2008. They have talked to three DOW officers about access.

BE SURE TO KNOW THE RULES (see Walk In Atlas at DOW office or online for rules and maps). Hunting license is required. You may run into hunters; Richard suggests moving on to another area if any cars are in the designated parking lots for the WIAs.

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