Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dreary Day on the Eastern Plains

October 15, 2013

Today was a dreary, wet and windy day.  We stopped at several friends' homes in Wray to check up on previous sightings.  Northern Cardinals were found at two of four stops.  Uncommon warblers and vireos numbered zero in Wray.  It became obvious that birding was going to be slow today and we made our way toward Julesburg.

Our hope to find a Sprague's Pipit (or two, which was optimistic) was not fulfilled.  The few pipits that "zoomed by" in the winds (20+ mph) were unidentified or American Pipits.

Sand Draw Wildlife Area (Sedgwick) was slow.  Not even the resident Barn Owl was relocated.  A Loggerhead Shrike was in the wild plum at the south-central edge.

We wandered slowly north and finally reached Roger's Ranch, quite happy to get out of the wind.

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