Monday, May 27, 2013

Northeastern Plains, Long Day At Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area in Logan County

May 25, 2013

Amy Davenport: transcript of telephone call:

Rebecca Kosten and Sue Ehlmann went to join the rest of the CoBus group in northeastern Colorado.  Along the way, they searched unsuccessfully for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher reported near Last Chance Rest Stop.  They did find a male American Redstart and several Least Flycatchers.

Meanwhile Richard Stevens, Bryan Ehlmann, Jacob Washburn, Ray Simmons, Katie Zotti and Peggy Zimmerman enjoyed a great birding day at Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area, Logan County.  Winds were down from 20+ mph to almost calm for most of the day.  Temperatures reached the middle 80s.

Richard "Birds were everywhere.  The woods were filled with bird songs"!

They used a car hopping technique where Richard and Bryan dropped off at CR 95, walked to the western end of the Wildlife Area while the rest of the group drove to Area East 7, dropped off the car and continued to the east end of the Wildlife Area.  Richard and Bryan eventually walked to the car and picked up the rest of the group.  Any uncommon birds were marked GPS and all returned later to relocate the rare birds!

There extensive bird list for the day:
Bell's Vireos (11+)
Northern Cardinals (over a dozen)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (over a dozen)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (several)
Black-billed Cuckoo (1 heard)
Field Sparrow (2)
Harris's Sparrow (1)
Baltimore Orioles (many)
Eastern Towhee (probable female, several hybrids)
Spotted Towhee (several)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart (2)
Virginia's Warbler (1)
Alder Flycatcher (probable)
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Western Wood-pewee
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-headed Woodpecker (several)
Long-eared Owl (1)
Eastern Screech-Owl (2+ heard after sunset)
Eastern Meadowlark (north of Platte River)
Broad-winged Hawk (north of Platte River)
Ring-necked Pheasant (several)

After dark, they heard several Eastern Screech-Owls at a private ranch in Sedgwick County.

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