Date: 10/9/17 4:30 am From: Sue Newland <newlandsue60...> Subject: Cimarron Grasslands
My sister and I made a trip to Cimarron Grasslands over the weekend. Tom Schermerhorn and Sam were also birding there. There were numerous Woodhouse's Scrub-jays in several groups wandering around and seen by both groups in several different spots. We saw over 200 Sandhill Cranes flying overhead and the next morning saw 3 in one of the picnic areas, so they are on the move. Both groups also observed a Western Tanager. Tom and Sam saw a Lewis's Woodpecker which I missed. EBird flagged all flycatchers as rare, I guess because of the time of year, but I saw some at most of the stops we made. Both groups also saw what may have been Steller's Jays but did not get good enough looks for positive ID.
There was water in the river preventing one of the low-water crossings in our car. The birding was on the light side, but the birds there were good ones.