Friday, December 16, 2016

Pawnee National Grasslands Christmas Count

December 15, 2016

Richard Stevens:

The Colorado Birding Society conducted its tenth annual Pawnee National Grasslands Christmas Count today.  Temperatures reached into the low 30s; winds were strong at times, 8-10 mph with gusts to 18 mph.

Eight of us enjoyed the warm day.  Highlights included:

Short-eared Owls at three different locations
Northern Saw-whet Owl & Harris's Sparrow at a private yard
Snow Bunting at two locations (one of which was near a location where one was spotted yesterday, we did not know about it ahead of time.
Common Redpoll (one on the usda central plains experimental range)
Lapland Longspurs (50+, spread over three locations)
Brown-capped Rosy Finches (2) at a friend's ranch

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