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Regal Fritillary&Butterfly Milkweed-Broken Kettle
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LHAS Outing 7-08-2017 by Jan Null

Sedge Wren on fenceline singing its staccato trill
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LHAS Outing 7-08-2017 by Jan Null

Bison at Broken Kettle Grasslands
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LHAS Outing 7-08-2017

Birders at Broken Kettle Grasslands
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LHAS Outing 7-08-2017

Birders ready for lunch at the Zales prairie home!
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LHAS Outing 7-08-2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017.

16 People participated in our July outing. It was a beautiful morning with a temperature of 60 degrees and a light breeze under mostly cloudy skies. After a late morning shower, skies cleared and temps warmed up to the upper 80’s later in the day. We met 4 other birders at the Broken Kettle Grasslands area where we birded various areas until it was time to break for lunch at the Zale’s home nearby. We were treated to a delicious lunch of grilled brats and other goodies topped off with Bill’s famous soft home-made ice cream which included the option of root beer floats! Cuckoos and other birds were heard singing and some seen flying around in the prairie and woods nearby. Bill’s hand-made caboose built for housing his all white pigeons was a new attraction to enjoy at their home.

 

We recorded a total of 62 species for the day. Highlights included: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bell’s Vireo, Blue/Gray Gnatcatcher, Western Kingbird, Eastern Meadowlark, and a very cooperative Sedge Wren singing while perched on a fence post and wire along the beautiful prairie. We also spotted a lone Bison grazing near the road. Thanks to all who participated and many thanks to the Zales for hosting us for lunch at their beautiful prairie home.

7-08-2017 Birds—Broken Kettle Grasslands areas etc. outing--62 species--Highlights in red.

Wood Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Turkey Vulture

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Bell’s Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Sedge Wren

Blue/gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted 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

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

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By Paul Roisen