Friday, May 24, 2013

A Day Birding Around Sterling

May 23, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: transcript of telephone call:

Today, Richard Stevens and Bryan Ehlmann birded around Sterling, Logan County in winds measuring 21+ mph.  They did not expect much, the birding world surprised them!

The morning was spent at North Sterling Reservoir, Logan County.  At the picnic area, they found a Scarlet Tanager, Gray-cheeked Thrush, American Redstart, several Least Flycatchers, two Baltimore Orioles and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.  Most stayed deep in the wooded area and out of the wind.

A Barn Owl was found when they walked the south side of the reservoir.

In the afternoon, they visited Riverside Cemetery.  A colorful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blackpoll Warbler and Veery was their reward for enduring the high winds.

A stop at Columbine Park found a Hammond's Flycatcher, which seemed out of place.  Two Mississippi Kites circled overhead.  They have nested in this park in past years and perhaps will again.

A return to Overland Trail Park to relocate yesterday's Mourning Warbler and Purple Martins was not successful.  They were probably blown to Kansas.

Yesterday's vireos had moved on also.  The two male Baltimore Orioles were still around.  New birds included a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the eastern end of the woods.  A Green Heron walked along the river.

No owls were found after sunset at Overland Park or Pioneer Park.

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