Date: 2/27/17 8:00 am From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa...> Subject: Baker Wetlands Survey
Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Kylee Sharp, Nick Pumphrey, Joel Hoelscher , Cal Cink and Dan Larson surveyed Baker Wetlands, Lawrence, Kansas. Roger Boyd had seen or heard Smith's Longspurs consistently for the las several days. So we were hoping to get a new survey bird today. We didn't see or hear them from the diagonal path. So the next step was to form a line and walk the field. Still didn't seem to be working to promising. But a large light colored floppy winged bird came up and we were all delighted to see a Short-eared Owl. The owl is a new bird for the survey. We did not get the Smith's Longspurs but did get a Short-eared Owl.
The Great Horned Owl may be off the eggs and have young ones. It was sitting up higher. The nest is in a tree on this 927 acres.