Date: 11/8/18 9:18 pm From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Saunders and Polk Counties
Headed out early this AM to try to pick up the Long-tailed Duck at the Mead Sewage Lagoons. No luck but as I headed to do a little Polk County birding I would 3 White-winged Scoters hanging out with and actively feeding with some Ring-necked Ducks on the east side of Lake Wanahoo and possibly a 4 WW Scoter near the outlet on the south side.
County tics: 6 in Saunders for 112. The rest of the day was really difficult birding. Butler 1 for 83, I had high hopes for Polk County with only 22 life species. I covered the county very well but was really a hard go with only 4 waterfowl species (3 of which were new) Despite very low winds, only 16 new species in 5 hours to bring total of 38.
Did have a couple of nice mixed flocks: 220 Lapland Longspur (LALO) (7 Horned Lark no Snow Buntings. I parked to count and take some photos. Birds would flush when cars and trucks came zooming by yet kept returning to the same intersection and by the time I left there were 7 dead LALP on the CR 66 east of Polk.
RD R 1 miles south for Flatsedge WMA Blackbird Flock ~600-800 Red-winged Blackbirds ~550 Common Grackle 3 Brewer's Blackbird 75 (likely undercounted) Looked to be pretty even between male and female. Undoubtedly, the largest number of Brewer's I have seen in Nebraska in one place. Rusty Blackbird 6 (one nice basic female) Brown-headed 5
Kind of coolish this AM at 21 degrees
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