Date: 7/25/17 9:01 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Yoo Hoo
Nebraska birders,

On Sunday, July 23, Lanny and I were birding in the extreme
southeast corner of Hayes County when we heard something very
strange. We were birding along a county road very near the
area where Red Willow, Frontier, Hitchcock and Hayes Counties
intersect. We were standing on the road just about to turn around,
go back and get in the car, when we heard someone calling 'Yoo

Swear to God, it sounded just like a person trying to get our
attention. It certainly did. The call was faint but intriguing.
We did not see anybody around. Not a person, not a vehicle, not
a building of any kind. The habitat included short-grass prairie,
gullies with small trees and a little cropland.

We walked down the road toward the call. Finally, we saw a shape
in the short grass that may have been a bird. We looked with our
binoculars and saw a grouse making the 'Yoo Hoo' call! It was
standing on the ground with its head up as high as it could reach.
Every couple seconds, it would call 'Yoo Hoo.' Have any of you
ever heard such a thing?

We thought about approaching close enough to make the grouse fly
but decided not to harass it. We were fairly certain that it was
a Sharp-tailed Grouse. It had a very small crest on its head.
The crown seemed to be a bit rufous-colored. Its upper breast
was not barred but could have had chevrons. We saw it from the
back and from the side.

Before we left the spot, a local rancher stopped to see what we
were doing. We told him what we saw and asked him if he had ever
seen grouse around there. He said that he has seen a small group
living in a pasture not far away. Isn't this a bit south of their
normal range?

NO eBird

Robin Harding
northern Kearney County

September 15-17 birding event based in Ogallala, Nebraska
Organized by dedicated volunteers of the Nebraska Ornithologists'
Field trips are planned to Lake McConaughy and other great birding
areas in the area.



Posted by: "Lanny and Robin" <snowbunting...>



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