Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Walk-In-Areas in Yuma County

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 12, 2011

The CoBus group after a great morning at Hale Ponds (Yuma County) visited seven WIAs.

They heard one or two Eastern Screech-Owls calling at Hale Ponds before sunrise. A walk along the Republican River from the Kansas border to the western Hale Pond found a fall plumage Bay-breasted Warbler. Later a Swamp Sparrow was seen the cattails at Hale Ponds.

The WIAs (Walk-In-Areas) were not as exciting as yesterday. A Savannah Sparrow at one area peaked interest. They gave chase for 30 minutes before identifying it.

A Barn Owl was flushed accidentally at WIA (CR 56 & H). An Eastern Screech-Owl was found at (CR 55 & K).

At dusk, they drove along Yuma County Road 45. No Greater Prairie-Chickens found but a Short-eared Owl flew across the road at the third cattle guard east of highway 385.

Weather today: high temperature reached the middle 60s. Winds were measured at 23-26 mph with gusts to 32. It was windy all day.

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