Date: 2/21/18 4:40 pm From: Alice Flyr <aflyr...> Subject: Hungry Rosy-Finches, Park County, WY
Correction on that amount of sunflower seed in my previous email. Those are 40 lb. bags my husband has been buying, not 20 lb. So that's around 250 lbs. this winter that the Rosies have gone through. I think I have them trained.
Date: 2/21/18 1:43 pm From: Alice Flyr <aflyr...> Subject: Rosy-Finches, Park County, WY
I also have a flock of 200-300 Rosy-Finches which show up faithfully with every snowstorm. They are mostly Black Rosy-Finches, with maybe 10% of them Gray-Crowned. There must be some hybrids in there too but they are such active birds it's hard to tell. They've gone through over 100 pounds of sunflower seeds this winter.
Date: 2/21/18 10:03 am From: Jeanene Esterholt <ridinginthewinds...> Subject:
They are all at my house. I have approx. 2 to 300 Gray-crowned Rosy Finches for the past two days. They come and eat, then the deer come and clean up the left overs, the birds fly then come back to start the cycle all over.
Jeanene Esterholt Pinedale, Wy
On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 9:45 AM, Hustace Scott <hustace...> wrote:
> I just saw one Gray-crowned Rosy Finch at my feeder. I counted my feeder > for the Great Backyard Bird Count, and looked for one very carefully > without any success. > > Stacey Scott > SW of Casper >
Date: 2/18/18 5:40 am From: Hustace Scott <hustace...> Subject:
I had planned a bird trip to Jackson Canyon to see the eagles on Monday, Feb 19. They are predicting snow, a high of +3 and north winds of 10-20 mph. That does not sound like fun, so I am going to postpone the trip to Saturday, Feb 24. We will meet at the turnout on Wyo 220 that is just opposite the turnoff for Goose Egg Road at 3:30 PM. The walk up to the roost is about 2 miles and gains 500 feet in elevation. so bring lots of layers. We should come down in the dark, so bring a light. Any questions, please call me at 262-0055 or email me.
Date: 2/17/18 4:32 pm From: Raymond M. Soff Jr. <clarksnutcracker...> Subject: thank you for answering question - Old Laramie River Road - from October 2017
Thank you to all who answered a question I had about Old Laramie River Road in October 2017 - about the road conditions during the second week of April.
I decided not to take the trip in April, mainly because I travel by myself, which is a little daunting.
My first and last time, there, was in July 2011, with a friend, on a cross-country trip. At one point, we saw two large birds in the grassland, about 50 feet from the road, as we drove toward a large area of wetland. One bird was white, and they quickly flew from the ground, my friend quickly opened the car door. My friend said that the white bird was an albino Prairie Falcon, but I sometimes wonder if it could have been a Gyrfalcon, if we got a better look. Maybe I was being too unrealistic.
My other two visits to Laramie and the Snowy Mountains was by myself in August 2003, and with a friend in July 2007. Even though I don't live in the West, I hope the habitat does not disappear to development. The sagebrush (with various species of sagebrush) at that elevation, along with high elevation prairie, and the Snowy Mountains nearby are so unique (along with the McCown's Longspur, Chestnut-sided Longspur, and Mountain Plover).
Date: 2/12/18 6:39 am From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> Subject: Central Platte Valley, 2/12/17 - Waterfowl, Eastern Bluebird, Hybrid Chickadee
Yesterday, Libby Megna, Paul Dougherty, and I spent a long day birding and exploring generally along the Platte River from Alcova Dam in Natrona County downstream to Douglas in Converse County. Although we dipped on all three of my "target species" (Snow Bunting, Common Redpoll, Snowy Owl) we did manage very good diversity and numbers of waterfowl along the river, along with a few nice surprises elsewhere.
On the river below Alcova, we had a high count of 9 Pied-billed Grebes, along with two Western Grebes and several species of waterfowl including Hooded Mergansers and Green-winged Teal. Although the Pinyon Jays were not at their usual feeder outside the Alcova School, we did hear a couple of Blue Jays. eBird checklist is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42698921 .
Just downstream on Grayreef Reservoir, there were almost 500 (!) Ring-necked Ducks on the limited open water, along with more than a dozen Ruddy Ducks, a handful of Northern Pintail and Redhead, and a single sharp drake Canvasback. eBird checklist at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42698926.
Next it was on in to Bessemer Bend, where we had the continuing but apparently unreliable Eastern Bluebirds - two males and one female. We were also lucky enough to run into Stacey Scott, who stopped his tractor and introduced himself when he saw our binoculars. Always a pleasure to meet a fellow Wyobirder in the field! Checklist for this area at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42698930.
From there, we headed east to check the Glenrock Cemetery, where we had good looks at an apparent hybrid Mountain X Black-capped Chickadee and were treated to a low flyover by a gorgeous adult Ferruginous Hawk. Photos of the chickadee in our eBird checklist at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42698937. We tried the Mormon Canyon Road, but were rebuffed by a deep snow drift and had to come back down to Glenrock.
Finally, we cruised Tank Farm Road east to Orpha and then took a swing out east of Douglas on gravel roads, hoping for a Snowy Owl. Alas, no such luck, although we sure did enjoy the beautiful evening light on the Hat Creek Breaks and the wide open skies. All in all, it was a really enjoyable day of winter birding in Wyoming!
We found the Snowy Owl on Hwy. 116 the U[ton rd. 4 miles South of Sundance. It was on a pole to the East just past the Mason Rd on the West side of the Hwy. It was a little distance in from the Hwy, but clearly visual. The Sundance Times paper has a really nice picture of the bird on a pole next to the Hwy.. We had a great sighting and watched it preening for a while. Time was 11 to 12 in the morning. Jean, Sundance
Date: 2/1/18 3:40 pm From: Barb GORGES <bgorges4...> Subject: Cheyenne Audubon Feb. 20 raptor program and Feb. 24 Wyo. Hereford Ranch field trip
You are invited to join us in Cheyenne for both our Feb. 20 program on nesting raptors and Feb. 24 field trip to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch. See below for details.
Barb Gorges, Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society
Cheyenne Audubon's Feb. 20 free program features nesting peregrine falcon and ferruginous hawk research
Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society members invite the public for a talk on stressors on nesting raptors and what they mean in Wyoming. The talk is Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. It's free and open to the public.
Speaker Cameron Nordell, University of Wyoming, studied ferruginous hawks breeding on the Canadian prairies and peregrine falcons in sub-arctic Canada. He looked at how anthropogenic (manmade) and environmental stressors affected nesting raptors.
See the chapter's February newsletter posted at https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com<https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/> for details or contact Mark, 307-634-0463, <mgorges...><mailto:<mgorges...>.
Cheyenne Audubon plans birdwatching field trip Feb. 24 to Wyoming Hereford Ranch
Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society members plan a birdwatching field trip Feb. 24 to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch on the east side of Cheyenne. The ranch is a state Important Bird Area. The group will walk the trails looking for winter birds and early migrants.
People with all levels of birding expertise are welcome. The trip is free and the public is invited.
Participants will leave from the Lions Park Children's Village parking lot at 8 a.m. Carpooling may be available. Expect to return about 10 a.m., or anytime if you provide your own transportation.
Please contact George Cardon for more information, 307-634-5269, and to be on the list of participants to be notified of any change in plans due to weather.
See the chapter's February newsletter posted at https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com<https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/>.
Jimena Golcher-Benavides, Paul Dougherty, and I followed up on Don’s post from yesterday in hopes of stumbling across a waxwing flock. No luck there, but we were treated to a stunning adult Northern Goshawk barreling through lodgepole pine forest near the intersection of the Hooch Trail and Old Happy Jack Rd.
Date: 1/26/18 1:55 pm From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> Subject: Bohemian Waxwings at Pole Mountain, Albany Co
I spent several hours skiing and hiking around the northeast end of the Pole Mountain area off of Highway 210 between Laramie and Cheyenne this morning. Although I was unsuccessful in locating my target species, Northern Pygmy-Owl, which was discovered in this area two years ago, a large flyover flock of ~120 Bohemian Waxwings was a nice consolation prize. I had one BOWA with a small flock of Cedars here in town back in early winter, but since then they have been scarce in this part of the state.