Date: 5/15/17 9:00 pm From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Howard County 5/13/17 & 5/14/17
Lanny and I birded in Howard County both Saturday and Sunday. Steve Morris joined us on Sunday. Following our list of highlights are some details.
Eastern Kingbirds Warbling Vireos Dickcissels Bank Swallows Common Yellowthroats Red-eyed Vireos Rose-breasted Grosbeaks Eastern Wood-Pewee Northern Bobwhites Bobolinks Bell's Vireos Eastern Phoebes Wilson's Phalarope Least Flycatcher Black-headed Grosbeak Blackpoll Warbler Great Crested Flycatcher Tennessee Warbler
Saturday, May 13, Lanny and I birded in Howard County for just a few hours in the morning. We stopped at Dannebrog for a few minutes and saw Eastern Kingbirds. We heard Warbling Vireos. Along the highway north of Dannebrog, we saw and heard Dickcissels.
We looked for St. Paul's sewage lagoons. We found the gate locked and we could not see the water. We did see a pair of Bank Swallows (new county bird) and we heard a Common Yellowthroat.
At North Loup Recreation Area, north of St. Paul, we heard and saw a Red-eyed Vireo, three Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and an Eastern Wood-Pewee.
At the Lake of the Woods subdivision northwest of St. Paul, we saw two Northern Bobwhite magically appear in the middle of the road right in front of us. We also saw and heard two Bobolinks. Along Twin Forks Road between Lake of the Woods and Marsh Wren Wildlife Area, we heard a Bell's Vireo. At Marsh Wren, we saw a pair of Eastern Phoebes at a small bridge.
Sunday, May 14, Lanny and I birded with Steve Morris at Dannebrog's nature trail and cemetery in the morning only. We heard several Red-eyed Vireos. The trail goes around the sewage lagoons. That's where we saw a Wilson's Phalarope (new county bird). We heard a Least Flycatcher, a Bell's Vireo, a Great Crested Flycatcher and a Tennessee Warbler. We saw a Black-headed Grosbeak and a female Blackpoll Warbler.
The female Blackpoll Warbler was very cooperative. She foraged in a tree without lots of leaves and at eye level for a few minutes. The Tennessee Warbler was not very cooperative. We could hear it singing loudly from a bush low to the ground. We got close but could not see it.
Lanny added one bird each day to his Howard County for a new total of 176. As did I. We are tied in Howard County.
Robin Harding northern Kearney County
May 19-21 birding event based in Auburn, Nebraska Brought to you by the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union http://www.noubirds.org Field trips to Indian Cave State Park and other great birding areas in southeastern Nebraska.