Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Logan County

June 1, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperature was 75 degrees in Sterling. Winds were only 3-4 mph with gusts to 10 mph.

Afternoon storms returned with a furry today. We hope that it will bring some interesting birds with them.

We headed into Logan County with our first stop Red Lion Wildlife Area.  An Upland Sandpiper stood on a fence post about 50 yards west of Logan County Road 93.  The Common Tern spotted by John Vanderpoel two days ago did not appear around.

We searched Duck Creek Wildlife Area for additional Upland Sandpipers, however found none.  A Dickcissel popped up on the fence line about 100 yards south of the terminal parking area.

A quick run around Jumbo Reservoir found nothing uncommon and we headed to Sterling.

Overland Park has had cuckoos nest in the past.  While we did not run into any today, a male Baltimore Oriole was found along with many Bullock's Orioles.

Terry spotted our highlight bird of the day.   A Purple Martin flew up and down the South Platte River, observed from the highway 6 bridge.

A Mississippi Kite flew over Riverside Cemetery as we watched a male Baltimore Oriole harass a female Oriole of unknown species.  I had observed a hybrid Baltimore Oriole X Bullock's Oriole at Wray Fishing Unit back on May 29.  Therefore, it does happen.

Another Mississippi Kite flew over Pioneer Park when we explored that Park.  The highlight was a Broad-winged Hawk.

Our birding day ended at North Sterling Reservoir.  No uncommon gulls, warblers or vireos showed up.  Just before the thunderstorm hit, we found a Barn Owl north of the Campgrounds.

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