Date: 4/30/17 1:27 pm From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Windy day Sherman Co
Lanny and I birded in Sherman County on Saturday, April 29. The weather was not good but it was our only opportunity to go this week. The weather on Sunday was forecast to be much worse. The water level in Sherman Lake is fairly high. Below is our list of highlights followed by some details.
In Sherman County near the reservoir with the same name, we saw a flock of 85-90 Franklin's Gulls flying north. As we were driving across the reservoir's dam, we saw a Sharp- shinned Hawk, one Forster's Tern and one lone Franklin's Gull. We also saw a flock of shorebirds flying over the water. Later we were able to hear a Greater Yellowlegs. In one of the reservoir's bays, we saw an Osprey and about 100 American White Pelicans fly over. We also saw two Eared Grebes out on the lake. In one of the campgrounds, we saw about four Orange-crowned Warblers.
At a private lake right beside the bridge over the Middle Loup River just south of Loup City, we saw about twenty Forster's Terns. Across the highway in Gasteyer Sanctuary, we saw about four Yellow-rumped Warblers and a pair of Black-capped Chickadees. We still don't see chickadees very often.
Along the way home, we drove slowly by the marsh south of Ravenna. We could see a Trumpeter Swan crouched down on a nest and another standing guard nearby.
Neither of us added any new county birds. We are tied at 175.
Robin Harding northern Kearney County
May 19-21 birding bonanza based in Auburn, Nebraska. Organized for you by the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. http://www.noubirds.org Field trips to Indian Cave State Park, Peru Bottoms WMA, Kirkman's Cove, and other great birding areas in southeastern Nebraska lead by excellent birders.