Monday, September 30, 2013

No Sprague's Pipits Today, Sedgwick County

September 27, 2013

Richard Stevens:

The devastation along the South Platte River from recent flooding is mind-boggling.  Most access roads across the River are closed.  The flooding has also closed the many Wildlife Areas along the S. Platte River.  One of my friend's ranches along the River is mostly under water (a pile of his personal possessions laid in a heap of mud outside of his destroyed home).

Bryan and I did manage to get over to Ovid and bird for a bit.  Ovid Woods was quiet.  A Red-bellied Woodpecker and White-throated Sparrow were north of the Ovid Sewage Pond area (permission required to bird this area). 

The young male Purple Finch is still visiting a friend's feeders.  The Whip-poor-will along Lodgepole Creek has not been heard since 9/19.  A male Northern Cardinal was observed as we departed town.  It was at the southwest corner and flew over to the water soaked Julesburg Wildlife Area.

We birded five WIA properties on our trip to Wray.  No uncommon birds were encountered.  Our string of days of Sprague's Pipit sightings ended; none was found today.

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