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Northern Bobwhite on North Ridge Road
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LHAS Outing 7-14-2018 by Paul Roisen

Loggerhead Shrike on North Ridge Road
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LHAS Outing 7-14-2018 by Jan Null

Spectacular views at Broken Kettle Grasslands!
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LHAS Outing 7-14-2018 by Jan Null

The brats are ready and they look delicious!
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LHAS Outing 7-14-2018

Birders ready for lunch at Zale's guest house!
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LHAS Outing 7-14-2018

Saturday, 14 July 2018.

17 Birders participated in our July outing. Earlier forecasts of possible rain or fog did not occur and we were blessed with great birding weather with partly cloudy skies, calm conditions and temps in the low 70’s to start the day. We met other birders on North Ridge Road by the Zale’s mailbox and they had already recorded several species including Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Scarlet Tanager. We continued north on North Ridge and were treated to a continuous chorus of singing Meadowlarks and Dickcissels reminding us that this large grassy area was home to many nesting birds. Northern Bobwhite, Loggerhead Shrike and Blue Grosbeak made brief appearances but did not remain long enough for all of us to see.

 

After a break at Casey’s in Akron, we birded areas of the beautiful Broken Kettle Grasslands, which included a look at some Bison with calves before gathering at the Zale’s home nearby for lunch. Bill had the grill fired up and we were treated to a delicious lunch of brats, salads, homemade sauerkraut, and other goodies including soft ice cream cones which Bill made with an old time soft ice cream maker. We recorded a total of 72 species for the day. Other highlights included a Common Loon which was seen by a couple cars that made a side trip to Prairie Park south of Sioux City. Thanks to all who participated and many thanks to the Zales for hosting us for a great lunch at their beautiful prairie home.

7-14-2018 Birds—Broken Kettle Grasslands Etc. Outing—72 species.

(A couple cars also made brief stops at Stone State Park, Prairie Park, and Chataqua Park). Highlights in red.

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Northern Shoveler

Northern Bobwhite

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Common Loon

Dark Ibis Species

Turkey Vulture

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Killdeer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Great Horned Owl

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American Kestrel

Eastern Wood-pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

Bell’s Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Eastern Bluebird

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Lousiana Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Common Grackle                          

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Upland Sandpiper at the square NW of Owego
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LHAS Outing 6-9-2018 by Jan Null

Great-crested Flycatcher at Loess Hills Overlook
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LHAS Outing 6-9-2018 by Jan Null

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly near Prep. Canyon
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LHAS Outing 6-9-2018 by Carol Blair

Birders at Jones Pond near Preparation Canyon
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LHAS Outing 6-9-2018

Saturday, 9 June 2018.

7 Birders participated in our June outing. Early morning thundershowers cleared out just in time and we were rain free the rest of the day with temps ranging from the upper 60’s to mid-80’s under mostly clear skies with a light breeze. We birded primarily in the Loess Hills east of Blencoe including the Loess Hills State Forest, Jones Pond, Preparation Canyon State Park, and the Loess Hills Overlook with a lunch break at the Old Home ‘Keep On Trucking Café’ in downtown Pisgah. One car had to make an early exit but the rest of us made stops at Fowler Forest, Owego Wetlands, 280th Square, Dairy Ponds South and related areas on the way home. We recorded a total of 71 species for the day.

 

Highlights included Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, Great-crested Flycatcher, a visible singing Orchard Oriole serenading us at Jones Pond, and a cooperative Upland Sandpiper walking on the road at the 280th Square. Thanks to all who participated!

6-09-2018 Birds—Loess Hills State Forest, Jones Pond, Preparation Canyon State Park, Loess Hills Overlook, Fowler Forest Preserve, Owego Wetlands, 280 Square, Dairy Ponds So., and related areas Outing--71 species. Highlights in red.

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Hooded Merganser

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Killdeer

Upland Sandpiper

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-pewee

Willow Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Bell’s Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

House Wren

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

American Redstart

Ovenbird

Common Yellowthroat

Scarlet Tanager

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Common Grackle                          

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Saturday, 12 May 2018.

Our May outing was our annual Birdathon. Click on the Birdathon Page for details of that outing.

Great Egret and Great Blue Heron at New Lake
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LHAS Outing 4-21-2018 by Sharon Polifka

Greater Yellowlegs east of Sandhill Lake
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LHAS Outing 4-21-2018 by Sharon Polifka

Northern Shoveler at Sandhill Lake
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LHAS Outing 4-21-2018 by Sharon Polifka

Yellow-headed Blackbirds at Browers Lake
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LHAS Outing 4-21-2018 by Sharon Polifka

Saturday, 21 April 2018.

10 Birders participated in our April outing. It was a cool and cloudy morning with a temp. of 44 degrees and calm conditions. Temps rose to the mid 50’s later in the day. We made stops at Brower’s Lake, New Lake, Brown’s Lake, Snyder’s bend, and Sandhill Lake in the morning before one car had to leave us before our lunch at the Subway in Sloan. After lunch we continued on to Owego Wetlands, both dairy ponds and other related areas before calling it a day. A couple of birders birded some other areas and added some good species to our list.

 

We recorded a total of 96 species for the day. Highlights included: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Wilson’s Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope, Forster’s Tern, Swainson’s Hawk, Bonaparte’s Gull, American Pipit, Red-breasted Merganser, White-faced Ibis, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Loon, and Cinnamon Teal. Thanks to all who participated.

4-21-2018 Birds—Brower’s Lake, New Lake, Brown’s Lake, Snyder’s Bend, Sandhill Lake, Owego Wetlands, and related areas etc. outing 96 species- Highlights in red.

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

White-faced Ibis

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Coot

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson’s Phalarope

Bonaparte’s Gull

Franklin’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

Blue Jay

American Crow

Horned Lark

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

American Pipit

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Eastern Towhee

American Tree Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Common Grackle                          

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

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By Paul Roisen