Sunday, December 1, 2013

Black Friday Birding

November 29, 2013

The newly formed Sedgwick County Birding Club (now has 11 members) made a circuit around the county today.  Temperatures were in the 50s, winds were mild.

One of the Birding Club members reported a reddish Fox Sparrow.  We drove over and found an adult "Passerella iliaca taiga" that Bill reports has been hanging around for ten days or so.

We stopped in Ovid (Sedgwick County) to say hi to a friend of mine (and recruit her for the club) and were lucky to be there when her Purple Finch made an appearance.  The finch has been detected for six days now!

A stop at Jumbo Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick) was quite productive.  The highlight was a Winter Wren below (west) the road at the southwest corner of the Wildlife Area.

Gulls were represented well with a Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Thayer's Gulls, Bonaparte's Gull and Mew Gull.  A Common Loon and at least two Greater Scaup swam around the lake.

On the trip back to Denver (after saying adios to our new friends), we stopped briefly at Prewitt Reservoir (Logan/Washington).  A Common Loon was on the reservoir.  One of the resident Eastern Screech-Owls responded to our recordings.  Misses included the Winter Wren that called on 11/26 and a Lesser Black-backed Gull that had flown over the lake on 11/26.

In Morgan County, we circled Log Lane Village searching for feeders and possible Purple Finches.  Finding no finches, we scoped Riverside Park in Fort Morgan and found a Greater White-fronted Goose among thousands of White-cheeked Geese (eastern end of property).

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