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Short-eared Owl on post at Owego wetlands
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LHAS Outing 1-13-2018 by Randy Williams

Short-eared Owl flying from post at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 1-13-2018 by Randy Williams

Searching for Redpolls at Luton Wildlife Area No.
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LHAS Outing 1-13-2018 by Randy Williams

Saturday, 13 January 2018.

12 Birders participated in our January outing. This outing was a little different from normal as we met at 1 P.M. instead of in the morning so we could search for Short-eared Owls that come out later in the day. Temperatures were in the lower teens under clear skies with a light breeze and it turned out to be an unexpected fairly nice day since the predicted snow had missed us the 2 days before. Our first stop was at Graceland Cemetery to look for the Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills that had been seen recently but they were not relocated. We then headed for Luton Wildlife Area North and we spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk on the way there. At L.W.A. No. we found a large flock of American Goldfinch foraging so we searched closely for Common Redpolls among them but none were to be found. The Snowy Owl that had been seen the day before at Dairy Ponds North was also a no show. After a pit stop at Sloan our next stop was at Owego wetlands where we were treated to great close-up views of several Short-eared Owls. A second stop to search for the Snowy Owl was not successful so we decided to call it a day and most of us gathered at the 4 Brothers Grill and Bar for a good lunch to top off the day.

 

We recorded a total of 36 species for the day which included birds seen earlier in the day at participant’s feeders and one couples visit to Riverside Park along the Big Sioux River. Other highlights included Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Great Horned Owl and Northern Shrike. It was a pretty good day for raptors. Thanks to all who participated.

1-13-2018 Birds—Graceland Cemetery, Luton Wildlife Area North, Owego Wetlands, and related areas etc. outing--36 species--Highlights in red.

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Wild Turkey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Great-Horned Owl

Short-eared Owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American kestrel

Merlin

Northern Shrike

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

European Starling

American Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Common Redpolls were seen at LWA No. 11-18-2017
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Photo By Rusty Dungan (not taken on day of outing)

A Beaver dam has flooded roadside ditch at Owego
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LHAS Outing 11-18-2017 by Randy Williams

Birders at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 11-18-2017 by Randy Williams

Saturday, 18 November 2017.

6 Birders participated in our November outing. It was a windy, mostly cloudy morning with a temperature of 36 degrees. The skies cleared but the wind and cold temps continued for the rest of the morning. We made stops at Brower’s Lake, New Lake, Snyder’s Bend, Owego Wetlands, Luton Wildlife Area North and related areas. After finding a few waterfowl and 2 beautiful Bald Eagles at Brower’s and New Lake, we headed for Owego where we found a Rough-legged Hawk and a Rusty Blackbird. American Tree Sparrows were noticeably absent and we only found 2 the entire morning. The strong wind seemed to be keeping the birds hunkered down and out of sight.

 

Due to other commitments we headed home late morning and swung through Luton Wildlife Area North where we were rewarded with a flock of around 40 Common Redpolls foraging on sunflower plants right next to the road. They were the highlight of the day, chattering and showing off their pretty colors in the sunshine. We recorded a total of 34 species for the morning with 8 of those species being reported from the participant’s bird feeders. Other highlights included Hooded Merganser, Great Blue Heron, and Northern Harrier. Thanks to all who participated.

11-18-2017 Birds—Brower’s Lake, New Lake, Snyder’s Bend, Owego Wetlands, Luton Wildlife Area North, and related areas etc. outing--34 species--Highlights in red.

Canada Goose

Mallard

Green-winged Teal

Lesser Scaup

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove (Feeder)

Mourning Dove

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Feeder)

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker (Feeder)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee (Feeder)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Feeder)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Feeder)

European Starling

American Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal (Feeder)

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

House Finch (Feeder)

Common Redpoll

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

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

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