Thursday, September 19, 2013

Birding Along the Republican River, Yuma County

Rebecca Kosten: transcript of telephone call:

September 18, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: transcript of telephone call:

Richard Stevens & Bryan Ehlmann birding the Eastern Plains

Another beautiful day in Wray.  Temperatures reached the middle 80s; winds were again mild.  The Republican River was quite birdy!

The highlight today was the reports of two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds hanging around Wray.  We saw one at a friend's home and then heard about the second down the street.  Both were seen at similar times and definitely separate birds.  Ours was an immature male; the other was a female.

Immature male at private yard # 2, 9/15 to 9/19
Female at private yard # 4, 9/16 to 9/17

[That makes thirteen Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in this fall season!]

Our bird count at five yards along the Republican River included:
Golden-winged Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Tennessee Warbler (2 Locations)
Nashville Warbler (4, 3 Locations)
American Redstart (3, 2 Locations)
Blue-headed Vireo (2 Locations)
Cassin's Vireo (3, 3 Locations)
Red-eyed Vireo (1)
Baltimore Oriole (1)
Northern Cardinal (7, 4 Locations)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2, 2 Locations)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (1)
possible Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1)
probable Alder Flycatcher (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1)

A return to Stalker Ponds found:
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler

The Barn Owl and Eastern Phoebe were still at nearby Wray Fishing Unit.

After a late lunch, we were invited to bird a private ranch, which has an unnamed creek running through it.

Highlights included
Blue-headed Vireo
Nashville Warbler
Hermit Thrush
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl (2)
Greater Prairie-Chicken (1)
McCown's Longspurs (many)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (couple)

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