Saturday, June 8, 2019

Birding Around Wray

June 6, 2019

Richard Stevens:

Temperature again only reached 68 degrees.  Winds 3-4 mph with gusts to 13 mph.

Yesterday, we received a report of a Whip-poor-will at the South Republican River and Highway 34 approximately 1.6 miles west of Nebraska.  Would have loved to confirm the sighting, however, we listened for an hour before sunrise without success.

A walk around Wray Fishing Unit found a male Blackburnian Warbler in the area where I photographed a Connecticut Warbler on May 29.  The Eastern Phoebe, Baltimore Oriole and hybrid (Baltimore X Bullock's) were also east of Yuma CR FF.

We hiked Stalker Lake as far as possible to its western end.  Missed any uncommon sparrows, "empidonax" flycatchers or uncommon birds, did see two Baltimore Orioles.

Birding around Beecher Island was uneventful.  A singing Great Crested Flycatcher was the highlight. 

We circled around the county roads over to County Road Railroad finding nothing to report.  The trip was timed to return to the Whip-poor-will spot thirty minutes before sunset.  No poor-wills responded to our recordings.

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