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Caspian Tern Foraging At Snyder's Bend (1 of 6)
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LHAS Outing 9-15-2018 by Jan Null

Monarch Butterfly at Snyder's Bend (one of 100's)
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LHAS Outing 9-15-2018 by Jan Null

American White Pelican (one of many seen)
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LHAS Outing 9-15-2018 by Jan Null

Birders At Snyder's Bend
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LHAS Outing 9-15-2018

Saturday, 15 September 2018.

12 Birders participated in our September outing. It was a warm morning under clear skies with a light breeze and warmed to the upper 80’s later in the day. We made stops at New Lake, Snyder’s Bend, Sandhill Lake and Owego before lunch at B & R’s Pizza Post in Sloan. The menu included varied choices from pizza to cod and we enjoyed our lunch while watching ISU battle Oklahoma on a nice wide TV screen. We topped off our lunch with delicious Swirl soft ice cream cones or dishes before we headed for home.

 

We recorded a total of 50 species for the day. We walked the trail at Snyder’s Bend to the overlook and while resting on the benches we had a nice surprise as 6 Caspian Terns flew slowly by occasionally diving head first into the water to snatch a minnow. Other highlights included: Great Egret, American Pipit, Black Terns, Cooper’s Hawk and Merlin. Thanks to all who participated.

9-15-2018 Birds—New Lake, Snyder’s Bend, Sandhill Lake, Owego Wetlands Etc. Outing—50 species. Highlights in red.

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Wild Turkey

American White Pelican

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Merlin

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

Warbling Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Gray Catbird

European Starling

American Pipit

Magnolia Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Rose-breasted Grossbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Eastern Kingbird near Sandhill Lake
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LHAS Outing 8-04-2018 by Jan Null

Indigo Bunting at Owego Wetlands town site
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LHAS Outing 8-04-2018 by Jan Null

2 young Osprey ready to fledge at Brown's Lake
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LHAS Outing 8-04-2018 by Jan Null

Birders at Owego Wetlands
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LHAS Outing 8-04-2018

Lunch at Walkers Bar and Grill in Salix
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LHAS Outing 8-04-2018

Saturday, 4 August 2018.

10 Birders participated in our August outing. A light rain was falling as we left but it diminished and we were blessed with little moisture the rest of the day. A light breeze and cloudy skies kept us cool as the skies eventually cleared and temps rose to the low 80’s. We made stops at New Lake, Sandhill Lake, and after a pit stop in Sloan we continued on to Owego and a couple cars checked out 280th Square and the Sgt. Bluff Sod Farm. After a good morning of birding, we checked out Walker’s Bar and Grill in Salix and were treated to good service, good food, our waitress took a couple group pictures for us and she treated Bill to ice cream since it was his birthday! Our local bee experts Jerry P. and Bill gave us interesting information on the ins and outs of the bee business so it was a good morning of learning more about the ‘Birds and the Bees!’.

 

We recorded a total of 71 species for the day. Other highlights included Marsh Wren, Blue Grosbeak, Virginia Rail, a ‘shiny blue’ Indigo Bunting perched at the top of a dead tree, a brood of Hooded Mergansers, Wilson’s Phalarope, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and a lone Snow Goose flying in formation with a small flock of Canada’s. Thanks to all who participated!

8-04-2018 Birds—New Lake, Sandhill Lake, Owego Wetlands, 280th Square, Sgt. Bluff Sod Farm Etc. Outing—71 species. Highlights in red.

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Hooded Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

American White Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Virginia Rail

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs

Upland Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Wilson’s Phalarope

Black Tern

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Red-headed Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Willow Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

House Wren

Marsh Wren

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

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

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By Paul Roisen