Date: 5/14/17 7:43 am From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Late report
Last Thursday (11th) I birded the Niobrara Valley Preserve. On my way (May 10th) I stopped at a flooded field in Butler County where there was a mix of species: Franklin's Gulls, Wilson's Phalaropes, Sanderling, White-rumped Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs and 8 Cattle Egrets.
I stopped at a few other places but most sightings were fairly common.
The Niobrara Valley Preserve is located in both Brown and Keya Paha Counties. Some of the roads were not passable because of recent rains - if any of you have driven up in that part of the state know that the dirt roads (gravel is rare) after a rain can be dicey to drive on. A few highlights from the preserve:
- 9 Warbler species - 2+ Eastern Whip-poor-wils (Common Poorwills not back since the 2012 fires) - Both Rose-breasted and Black-headed Grosbeaks - Upland Sandpipers on every other fence post - Bobwhite Quail calling from numerous directions - Yellow-breasted Chats everywhere - talk about confusion when they get going along with Gray Catbirds and Brown Thrashers!!!
- Mammals: Porcupine (in a tree next to the cabin), raccoon, deer, cottontails, coyotes yipping every evening and morning.
At Spencer Dam on the Holt/Boyd County line were: - Piping Plovers, Sanderling, Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Bald Eagle (feeding on a large fish).