Date: 3/5/17 9:17 am From: Scott Seltman <sselt...> Subject: Odds and Ends
I was in the neighborhood anyway, so when the wind dropped to almost zero Thursday evening, 2 March, I decided to listen for Lesser Prairie-Chickens at my usual spot SW of Haviland in Kiowa County. In one hour I only happened to hear 3 brief and distant LEPC calls, an awfully low amount of activity for the date.
I've been making my usual rounds, however I have seen few birds of note in the last several weeks. Sandhill Cranes have been migrating north in the usual way, but I don't think I've seen more than 5,000 so far.
One sighting I should have mentioned earlier was a Northern Shrike in the SE corner of Kingman County way back on 7 February. It was tame enough to pose for a few distant photos. This sighting was just one mile north of Harper County, a county for which there is apparently still no Northern Shrike record.
We've had some extremely warm days with strong south winds where one could imagine just about anything showing up, but so far I've just missed them, I guess.