Date: 4/26/18 8:06 am From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> Subject: [cobirds] Lamar of late (Prowers)
Migration is slowly unfolding in the area I call "Lamar", which extends 6-7 miles in all directions from the downtown movie theater. Currently downtown is being engulfed by highway construction. Will there be a viable downtown business when it's done?
Lamar Community College Woods
*Northern Cardinal (only one male heard in Russian-olive thicket east of south end of road behind LCC)
*Not much else except expected migrants like Orange-crowned Warblers, Western Kingbirds. The woods, like everything else down here, is very dry.
*Red Crossbills (about 15, most sound like 2s, a few sound like 4s)
*Black-and-white Warbler (1 male on 4/25 on the move traveling se to nw)
*Red-bellied Woodpecker (clearly heard, could never see)
*lots of Chipping Sparrows, some Lark Sparrows
North Gateway Park (east of Holiday Inn Express at north end of town s of Arkansas River)
*Tundra Swan first found weeks ago by Claudia Gill continues. It is usually in east most pond or hay field east of that.
*Shorebirds usually on small spit on west side of middle pond. Of late this has been Western , Semipalmated, Least and Baird's Sandpipers.
*Red-breasted Merganser female has been on western fishing pond for weeks but I did not see it yesterday.
So far, 101 species in "Lamar". since 4/22
(Highlights of trip to Two Buttes below the dam on cold, windy 4/23 (Baca) were Ash-throated Flycatcher and 30+ Orange-crowned Warblers). Touring the 70,000 acre fire area from Walsh e to Kansas line was the lowlight. This area needs rain in the worst way.)