Sunday, September 22, 2013

Driving North through Phillips to Sedgwick Counties

September 19, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Bryan and I started out birding day at Frenchman's Creek Wildlife Area (Yuma).  We searched for about an hour for the Whip-poor-will species reported yesterday; without success.  No uncommon birds were found and we headed north.

Many birds flew around the Holyoke City Park.  Uncommon birds included a Chestnut-sided Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.  We also found White-breasted Nuthatches, a House Wren and Cedar Waxwings.

The western windbreak at Sand Draw Wildlife Area (Sedgwick) contained the resident Barn Owl.  Two Field Sparrows fluttered around the southwest corner.

Our birding day ended at the southern sections of Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan).  The northern sections along the South Platte River were still closed due to recent floods.  Regrettably, no Greater Prairie-Chickens or Short-eared Owls appeared tonight.

A couple of Eastern Screech-Owls called while we sat at our friend's ranch near Julesburg.

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