Thursday, November 3, 2011

Logan/Sedgwick Counties (Jumbo Reservoir)

October 30, 2011

Richard Stevens:

The CoBus group hiked around Jumbo Reservoir and Red Lion Wildlife Area (Logan/Sedgwick Counties) today.

An Eastern Screech-Owl was heard at the north end of Jumbo Reservoir. A Short-eared Owl was seen flying in the field below the south end of Jumbo (we stood at Sedgwick County Roads 26 & 3).

Several Gulls flew around the southeast corner. These included a Thayer's Gull and 2 Bonaparte's Gulls.

A Pacific Loon, Common Loon and Black Scoter swam in the distance. No shorebirds could be found (well, except a few Killdeer).

Red Lion Wildlife Area (Little Jumbo Reservoir) provided the highlight of the day. Two Common Redpolls flew along the east side of the reservoir.

We then visited three "Walk-In-Areas" in Sedgwick County and two in Logan County. Our goal was to get a new late date for Sprague's Pipits in Colorado. None was found and 10/22 date was safe.

We found 2 Long-eared Owls at one private ranch and 2 Eastern Screech-Owls at another.

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