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LeConte's Sparrow at Luton Wildlife Area North
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LHAS Outing 10-14-2017 by Jan Null

Pine Siskin at Luton Wildlife Area North
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LHAS Outing 10-14-2017 by Jan Null

Merlin at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 10-14-2017 by Jan Null

WOW! Watching S.S.Hawk zooming after a M. Dove!!
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LHAS Outing 10-14-2017

Birders at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 10-14-2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017.

6 Birders participated in our October outing. It was a misty morning with a temperature of 52 degrees with calm conditions. The forecast of rain never materialized and we were able to bird the entire morning and into the afternoon with just a few sprinkles and steady temperatures. Our first stop was at Graceland Cemetery where we found some good bird activity to search through in the poor light conditions. We found some good birds including Pine Siskins, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, and several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, but no Crossbills that had been located the night before. On the way to Luton Wildlife Area North as we turned onto the Luton blacktop, we were greeted with a massive flock of blackbirds which included Common Grackles, Red-wings, and Brown-headed cowbirds. We were enjoying searching the flock for Rustys and Brewers when a train went roaring by blowing its loud whistle causing the entire flock to lift off and fill the sky with noisy black birds.

 

At L.W.A. No. we found several species of sparrows including one Le Conte’s. After lunch at the Subway in Sloan, our next stop was at Owego where we found several raptors including a Merlin and several Northern Harriers. There were 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks in a tree at the town site interacting with each other and as we were posing for our group picture one of them zoomed right over our heads in hot pursuit of a frightened Mourning Dove which it just missed grabbing. The Dove and Sharpie were similar in size and we thought maybe the Sharpie was just having fun or practicing his pursuit skills or trying to get in our picture. It was a good day for raptors as we found 9 species and multiple numbers for some of them. Sparrow species were also good. We rounded out the day with a quick stop at Table Marsh. Other highlights included Hermit Thrush, Rusty Blackbird and Brewer’s Blackbird. We recorded a total of 64 species for the day. Thanks to all who participated.

10-14-2017 Birds—Graceland Cemetery, Luton Wildlife Area North, Owego Wetlands, Table Marsh, and related areas etc. outing--64 species--Highlights in red.

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

American Kestrel

Merlin

American Coot

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Nashville Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Le Conte’s Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow at Luton Wildlife Area North
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LHAS Outing 9-30-2017 by Jan Null

American Golden-plover at Sandhill Lake
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LHAS Outing 9-30-2017 by Rex Rundquist

Peregrine Falcon-New Lake(had closer view later)
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LHAS Outing 9-30-2017 by Jan Null

Beautiful view from 252nd street, Woodbury County
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LHAS Outing 9-30-2017

Birders at Luton Wildlife Area North
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LHAS Outing 9-30-2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017.

7 Birders participated in our September outing. It was a cloudy, cool morning with a temp of 57 degrees and a few spotty showers, but it warmed to the low 70’s later in the day. We made stops at New Lake, Snyder’s Bend, Sandhill Lake and Luton Wildlife Area North before lunch at the Subway in Sloan. After lunch, one car visited Owego and 252nd street on the way home.

 

We recorded a total of 50 species for the day. Highlights included: Marsh Wren, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-eyed Vireo, Clay-colored Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Peregrine Falcon, and American Golden-plover. The Peregrine was perched in a dead tree at the SW corner of New Lake so we drove down for a closer look and it flew real low right in front of us with its powerful Falcon flight towards the east. The Plover was found at Sandhill Lake and we studied it close by for quite a spell and the consensus was that it was an American Golden-plover. (Winter plumage birds can be a challenge to ID this time of year). Thanks to all who participated.

9-30-2017 Birds—New L., Snyder’s Bend, Sandhill Lake, Luton Wildlife Area North, Owego Wetlands, 252nd street, and related areas etc. outing--50 species--Highlights in red.

Cackling Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Ring-necked Pheasant

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

American Golden-plover

Killdeer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Marsh Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Clay-colored Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Dickcissel

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Great Blue Heron at Sandhill Lake
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LHAS Outing 8-19-2017 by Jan Null

American White Pelicans at Sandhill Lake
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LHAS Outing 8-19-2017 by Jan Null

Blue Grosbeak (one of a few seen)
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LHAS Outing 8-19-2017 by Jan Null

White-faced Ibis (far away) at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 8-19-2017 by Jan Null

Birders at Snyder's Bend by Highbush Cranberry
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LHAS Outing 8-19-2017

Saturday, 19 August 2017.

9 People participated in our August outing. It was a beautiful morning with a temperature of 59 degrees clear skies and calm conditions with some patchy fog. Temps rose to the low 80’s later in the day with a light breeze. Our first stop was New Lake where we found a few shorebirds and a few big waders among several other species. Our next stop was Snyder’s Bend where we had a Great Egret perched in a tree. A walk down the trail to the overlook produced a surprise Green Heron that gave us a couple short looks at its flying skills. A stop at Sandhill Lake gave us looks at swimming and flying American White Pelicans.

 

One car had to make an early departure but the rest of us enjoyed lunch at the Sloan Subway before we made our final stop at Owego before calling it a day. We were treated to a White-faced Ibis and Blue Grosbeaks there. We recorded a total of 66 species for the day. Other highlights included Western Kingbird and Wilson’s Snipe. Thanks to all who participated!

8-19-2017 Birds—New Lake, Snyder’s Bend, Sandhill Lake, Owego Wetlands, and related areas etc. outing--66 species--Highlights in red.

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Green Heron

White-faced Ibis

Turkey Vulture

Red-tailed Hawk

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson’s Phalarope

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-pewee

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Warbling Vireo

Blue Jay

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

House Wren

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Dickcissel

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Click on the Rough-legged Hawk to return to top.
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By Paul Roisen