May 18, 2009

Another Birding Trip to the Plains

Yesterday we again went out to Crow Valley Campground, the Pawnee National Grasslands, and Lower Latham Reservoir.  This time we were birding with Raymond Davis and John Vanderpoel.

Swainson's Hawk (probably looking for juicy insects)
by Marcel Such

Who's This Brown Bird? - by Marcel Such

Hard to Mistake from this Front View . . . 
A Singing Western Meadowlark - by Marcel Such

Hooded Warbler in Motion - by Joel Such

Magnolia Warbler - by Marcel Such

Horned Lark - by Marcel Such

A Fat and Juicy Grasshopper for Swainson's Hawks
and Other Birds! - by Joel Such

Lark Bunting . . . Another Bird That Enjoys
Grasshopper Snacks - by Joel Such

Black-tailed Jackrabbit - by Joel Such

Evening Primrose - by Joel Such

Horned Lark - by Joel Such

Western Grebe - by Joel Such

Immature Yellow-headed Blackbird - by Marcel Such

Adult Male Yellow-headed Blackbird - by Marcel Such

American Bittern - by Marcel Such

Can you see the bird in this picture?  You have to look hard for some of these birds!  This Virginia Rail is Obscured by the Cattails, as usual! - by Joel Such
Click on the picture for a closer view!

Burrowing Owl - by Joel Such

American White Pelicans - by Marcel Such

Day List (species Joel and/or Marcel saw on the 17th of May).

Canada Goose
Wood Duck – a pair on WCR5
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant – FOY
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe – maybe, not counted
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern – a couple at Lower Latham Reservoir
Great Blue Heron
White-faced Ibis
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail – 1 
Sora – heard only
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Baird’s Sandpiper – one on WCR 42
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope – life bird
Franklin’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Nighthawk – Crow Valley
Common Poorwill – at Home
White-throated Swift
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Dusky Flycatcher
Cordilleran Flycatcher – Crow Valley Campground
Say’s Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Plumbeous Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Blue Jay
Pinyon Jay – Davis’s house
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
N Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler – one at Crow Valley Campground
Orange-crowned Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler – one immature at Crow Valley
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler – one male at Crow Valley
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
McCown’s Longspur – lifer, a couple on Murphy’s Pasture
Black-headed Grosbeak – a couple at Crow Valley
Bobolink – a few at McCall Lake
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Red Crossbill – two males at Davis’s house
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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