Date: 6/26/17 3:51 am From: Bruce Walgren <piranga...> Subject: Bird surveys
Donna and I have recently completed three bird surveys.
On Friday, we did the Leo BBS, this route starts on Shirley Mountain Road and ends on the Hanna\Leo Draw Road. We've been doing this route since 1994 and we only had one Rock Wren (Average of 9 thru 2013) this year. I have not input the data for the route yet, so I don't have actual numbers, but my general feeling is that our numbers are low - it was very quiet and we had several stops with only one bird - weather (specifically wind) was not a factor on this day.
Saturday, we did the North Platte River riparian survey (Crossroads Park in Casper). Again it was pretty quiet with only 22 species. This time of year we usually have 30+ species. We did find an Eastern Screech Owl near one of the stops on the way back to the car.
Sunday we did the Brookhurst BBS near Casper (starts on Geary Dome Rd and ends on Hat Six Rd). The first part of the route is usually not as "birdy" as later stops and until we cross I-25 there is a lot of traffic and associated noise. As the result of above normal springtime moisture, there is a lot of tall grass in the pastures along this route. There was an abundance of Lark Buntings and was great to see and hear their display behavior. We also had three Grasshopper Sparrows-we've had them before when the conditions were right. The most interesting species that we found (at just one stop) was a Dickcissel. I checked, and there has not been a Dickcissel reported on the route before. We also had a Virginia's Warbler. It was a good day for the route - nice weather and light traffic.