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Monday, February 1, 2016

New Frontier; Game Birds & Cranes

Reading these two books;























Pete Dunne says that USA boasts 19 native game birds;of these I've seen only Quails; California, Gambel's, and Mountain. Chukar is possible to find, but you have to travel far into the mountains or across the ocean(Catalina Isl.?).


Others, you have to travel north; to the Prarie Region. Grasslands. Eastern Colorado and New Mexico, Western Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, annd Northwestern Texas. Who doesn't want to watch Lesser Prarie-Chickens? Especially those males in display.


That's the place I want to visit lol. In fact those remote and rather barren regions are my fantasy travel places, not lush jungles like Costa Rica region which is a haven for birds.  I've already mentioned Tucson area in SE Arizona. How about the Great Basin area, comprising Northern Nevada, Southern Oregon and Idaho, and NW Utah. And even further north, such as Montana and both Dakotas and Minnesota.






How about those Cranes; Sandhill and Whooping Cranes! After you read the description by Dunne of its soul-moving spectacle, you defintiely would want to visit Rowe Sancturay in Nebraska.  Their cries are said to move peoples to tears. Don't you want to experience that bliss?


Spring is not very far, and this is one ebird entry on March;


Location


Rowe Sanctuary, Buffalo County, Nebraska, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:30 PM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
12
Duration:
1 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Observers:
Carol Beardmore
Species
9 species total
7000
Snow Goose
500
Canada Goose
20
Mallard
2
Northern Pintail
1
Common Merganser
5000
Sandhill Crane
1
Great Horned Owl
1
Northern Cardinal
500
Red-winged Blackbird


Location


Rowe Sanctuary, Buffalo County, Nebraska, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:05 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
4
Duration:
3 hour(s)
Distance:
0.25 mile(s)
Observers:
Aaron Balogh , Bram Verheijen List , Emily Williams List , Kim O'Keefe List
Species
20 species total
10
Canada Goose
12
Gadwall
6
Green-winged Teal
1
Northern Bobwhite
Calling in prairie
5
Ring-necked Pheasant
Many heard calling in prairie on short walk to blind from visitor's center
2
Red-tailed Hawk
Eastern and Harlan's
20000
Sandhill Crane
Rough estimate agreed on by group. Many cranes staging on river and many flyovers.
3
Killdeer
1
Greater Yellowlegs
3
Northern Flicker
15
American Crow
2
Eastern Bluebird
20
American Robin
10
European Starling
1
Harris's Sparrow
3
Northern Cardinal
150
Red-winged Blackbird
Large flocks abounded
5
Yellow-headed Blackbird
In with RWBL and BHCO
50
Common Grackle
150
Brown-headed Cowbird
Near even split in abundance between RWBL and BHCO. Many large flocks.
Additional species seen by Emily Williams:
1
Whooping Crane



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