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Dickcissel singing its 'dick dick dickcissel' song
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LHAS outing 6-10-2017 by Jan Null

Gray Catbird near its nest at Polifkas.
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LHAS outing 6-10-2017 by Jan Null

Eastern Kingbird at Owego Wetlands.
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LHAS outing 6-10-2017 by Jan Null

Yuccas blooming in the beautiful Loess Hills.
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LHAS outing 6-10-2017 by Jan Null

Birders ready for a delicious lunch at Polifkas!
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LHAS outing 6-10-2017

Saturday, 10 June 2017.

8 people participated in our June outing. Skies were mainly clear but strong winds and morning temps in the 70’s that rose to the mid 90’s later in the day were a challenge for spotting birds. Even so, we found some good birds and recorded a total of 69 species for the day. We made stops at Dairy Ponds South, Owego Wetlands, and Fowler Forest Preserve in the morning and then stopped at the Polifka’s country home just east of Smithland for a great lunch and some more good birds. One car made a short stop at Southwood and a couple of other areas on the way home.

 

Highlights included Willow Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Western Kingbird, Grasshopper Sparrow, Singing Ovenbird and Scarlet Tanager at Fowler (neither seen however), and at the Polifka’s Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at their feeders, and Paul ‘talking’ to a Northern Bobwhite. Thanks to all who participated and many thanks to the Polifkas for the great lunch including tasting of some good homemade wine.

6-10-2017 Birds—Dairy Ponds South, Owego Wetlands, Fowler Forest Preserve, Southwood Conservation Area areas etc. outing--69 species--Highlights in red.

Canada Goose

Mallard

Northern Bobwhite

Ring-necked Pheasant

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Killdeer

Wilson’s Phalarope

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-pewee

Willow Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Bell’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Sedge Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

Ovenbird

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Common Grackle                          

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Our May outing was our annual Birdathon. Go to the Birdathon page for details on that outing.

Great-tailed Grackle at Table Marsh (Posing!)
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LHAS Outing 4-22-2017 by Carol Blair

Bald Eagle on Nest at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 4-22-2017 by Carol Blair

Great Horned Owl & Owlette nest at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 4-22-2017 by Carol Blair

Spotted Sandpiper at Sandhill Lake
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LHAS Outing 4-22-2017 by Carol Blair

Saturday, 22 April 2017.

7 birders participated in our April outing. It was a mostly clear, calm morning at 42 degrees and warmed to the upper 60’s later in the day with clear skies and continued calm conditions. Our first stop was the Owego Wetlands to look for the Eurasian Wigeon (a rare visitor to interior North America) which was found there the preceding Monday and was present all week including Friday but we were unable to relocate it. We did observe nesting Great Horned Owls and Bald Eagles. A trip to Table Marsh produced an amazingly close up view of a very patient Great-tailed Grackle right out our car windows. He serenaded us with a few of his loud clack calls which may have been directed towards the two females perched nearby. After a nice lunch at the subway in Sloan a stop at the Osprey nest nearby found a pair of nesting Osprey. At Sandhill Lake we found two Spotted Sandpipers and additional stops were made at Snyder’s Bend and New Lake. One of the Osprey platforms at Brown’s Lake also had nesting Osprey.

 

Other highlights included Northern Mockingbird, American Golden-plovers, and Wilson’s Snipe. We recorded a total of 65 species for the day. Thanks to all who participated. It was a beautiful day for birding!

4-22-2017 Birds—Owego Wetlands, Table Marsh, Osprey Nests, Sandhill Lake, Snyder’s Bend, New Lake, areas etc. outing--65 species--Highlights in red

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Ruddy Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

American Coot

American Golden-plover

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Wilson’s Snipe

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Great Horned owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Tree Swallow

Bank Swallow

Barn Swallow

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

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

1,000's of Snow Geese were seen.
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LHAS Outing 3-18-2017 by Randy Williams

Wood Ducks (2 males and 1 female).
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LHAS Outing 3-18-2017 by Carol Blair

Numerous migrating Ring-billed Gull's were seen.
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LHAS Outing 3-18-2017 by Carol Blair

Birders on Lake Yankton.
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LHAS Outing 3-18-2017 by Jan Null

Birders enjoying lunch at Chuck and Donna's cabin.
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LHAS Outing 3-18-2017 by Randy Williams

Saturday, 18 March 2017.

18 people traveled to the Gavin’s Point Dam area to participate in our March outing. Part of our group departed Sioux City at 7:30 and found the rest of the group gathered at the north end of Lake Yankton below the dam. Those who drove up were treated to multiple flocks of migrating Snow Geese whose bright white colors glistened brightly against the clouds as they headed north. It was a cold, mostly clear morning with a temp of 30 degrees and remained in the low 30’s the rest of the morning before warming up to 55 degrees after lunch. A light breeze kept our warm gear on as we observed the large numbers of waterfowl on the lake.

 

Large numbers of ducks were seen on the lake and we were able to identify all the common duck species that migrate through our area each year. Ring-necked Ducks seemed to be the most numerous species. A stop on the dam showed us more Ducks close to shore and a huge flock of Snow Geese farther out on the big water. One birder located 3 Long-tailed Ducks but we were unable to relocate them again in the dense flocks along the shore. We found 19 species of Ducks and 3 species of Geese plus American Coots. It was fun to watch the Common Goldeneyes and Buffleheads performing their mating display antics. Bald Eagles and a Great Horned Owl were occupying nests and were seen by some. We recorded a total of 54 species for the day which happened to be the exact same total as last year, but several of the species were different.

 

We broke for lunch at Chuck and Donna’s cabin and were treated to some very delicious goodies including 3 kinds of soup, several species of cookies, two flavors of ice cream with choices of toppings, sandwich choices, chips, veggies and the like. Thanks to all who participated and especially to Chuck and Donna for hosting us and to all others who contributed to the feast.

3-18-2017 Birds—Gavin’s Point Dam area etc. outing--54 species--Highlights in red.

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

American Coot

Killdeer

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Great Horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

European Starling

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Common Grackle

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

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By Paul Roisen