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Saturday, 17 March 2018.

Since this outing had to be cancelled due to a snow and ice storm, there are no highlights!

Northern Saw-whet Owl at Moorehead Park
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LHAS Outing 2-03-2018 by Jan Null

Don Poggensee talking about the Owls
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LHAS Outing 2-03-2018

Don P. receiving plaque from LHAS
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LHAS Outing 2-03-2018

Don P. talking about Owl pellets
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LHAS Outing 2-03-2018

Snack time at Moorehead Park Ed. Ctr.
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LHAS Outing 2-03-2018

Saturday, 3 February 2018.

7 Birders participated in our February outing. We were blessed with good weather with temps in the upper 20’s to start and rising to the low 40’s later in the day. Skies were cloudy with a light breeze but the threat of mixed precipitation did not materialize. The DPNC had organized a trip to Moorehead Park in Ida Grove to look for Northern Saw-whet Owls under the leadership of Don Poggensee so we joined that group at the park around 10 A.M. Don had been out early and was able to locate 3 of the owls in 3 different trees. A count of the group that showed up to see the owls was 60 eager birders from Sioux City and various other areas including Omaha and the Sioux Rapids area. Don did a great job of explaining some of the facts about the owls and then leading the group to see the 3 owls. One highlight was when Bill Z. (on behalf of Loess Hills Audubon) presented Don with a Northern Saw-whet Owl wood painting and thanked him for many years of work in nature photography and conservation.

 

After enjoying viewing the owls most of the group gathered at the Education Center to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies which included some more info on the owls and plans for the Center. We recorded the birds at the feeders while Don and Dawn S. (from DPNC) updated the group about some of the good activities for people to participate in. One item of interest was an Osprey platform that has been erected by the lake. Our Audubon group then enjoyed a good lunch at Zimmy’s Bar and Grille and then drove some gravel roads and made a stop at Little Sioux Park on the way home. We recorded a total of 28 species for the day. Other highlights included Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Cedar Waxwings, American Kestrel, and Sharp-shinned Hawk. Thanks to all who participated.

2-3-2018 Birds—Moorehead Park, Little Sioux Park, and related areas etc. outing--28 species.--Highlights in red.

Canada Goose

Trumpeter Swan

Mallard

Ring-necked Pheasant

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL- 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Blue Jay

American Crow

Horned Lark

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

American Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

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

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