2013 Greater Praire Chicken Viewing

The 2013 Festival is officially under way and has had a FRIGID start! The group on the pre-trip for Greater Prairie-Chickens braved freezing cold and rain. Due to decline in their numbers the bird had failed to return to the lek on the private ranch where we view them, so we had already cancelled the blind viewing this year. But about half the group stuck with the trip, since we planned to view a lek from the road.

And today we did observe a lek from the road. But the birds were also feeling the weather and only a few came in and were not very active. But we did get them! Fortunately the forecast in Woodward the rest of the week is looking much better!

Here is the list of species seen April 10 in the Tallgrass Prairie-Preserve area:

Greater Prairie-Chicken
Am. Golden Plover
N. Bobwhite
Upland Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Vesper Sparrow
Louisiana Waterthrush
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
N. Harrier
Turkey Vulture
Tufted Titmouse
Savannah Sparrow
Harris Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Barn Swallow
E. Starling
Brown-headed Cowbird
E. Bluebird
Bewick’s Wren

Here are some other species seen this week at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, but missed by our group due to the weather conditions:

Grasshopper Sparrow
Henslow’s Sparrow
Swainson’s Hawk
Winter Wren
Sprague’s Pipit
Am Pipit, Merlin
Prairie Falcon.


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