Date: 7/27/17 10:36 pm From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] More on McCook birds
Lanny and I did some birding in the McCook area last weekend. Below our list of highlights are some details: Purple Martins Black-capped Chickadees Common Nighthawks Spotted Sandpipers Blue Grosbeaks Bell's Vireos Northern Bobwhite Orchard Orioles Dickcissels Red-eyed Vireo
July 22, we looked for the Scissor-tail without success. We did see about five Purple Martins in McCook. In Barnett Park, we saw a pair of Black-capped Chickadees, about four Common Nighthawks and two Spotted Sandpipers. This park is a great birding area.
July 23, we birded the area west of McCook and west of Red Willow Reservoir. We heard a some Blue Grosbeaks, Bell's Vireos and Northern Bobwhite. We saw many Orchard Orioles. We heard only about four Dickcissels during the whole day but I suppose they are uncommon down there. We saw one Common Nighthawk in the middle of the day. In a wooded area on the west side of Red Willow Reservoir, we heard a Red-eyed Vireo singing. We also saw a badger and Mule Deer. This was the day that we saw the grouse calling 'Yoo Hoo.' I have not found anything online yet that comes close to that call.
The Dickcissel was a new county bird for both of us in Hitchcock. The Common Nighthawk and Sharp-tailed Grouse were new county birds for both of us in Hayes. I also added Grasshopper Sparrow to Hitchcock County. Lanny's new total in Hayes County is 97 and mine is 96. Lanny's new total in Hitchcock County is 133 and mine is 131.
Robin Harding northern Kearney County
September 15-17 birding event based in Ogallala, Nebraska Organized by dedicated volunteers of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union http://www.noubirds.org Field trips are planned to Lake McConaughy and other great birding areas in the area.